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Is exercise a treatment for clinical depression?

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Research has shown that exercise can work well to treat mild or moderate depression. But people with depression too often don’t try exercise. In addition, exercise outside (with the appropriate sun protection) can help boost levels of vitamin D and your mood.

From: Exercise and Depression WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute on Aging: "Don't Let the Blues Hang Around."

Mental Health America: "Staying Well When You Have a Mental Illness."

Cleveland Clinic Center for Consumer Health Information: "How Does Exercise Improve Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000, and , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 18, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: "Don't Let the Blues Hang Around."

Mental Health America: "Staying Well When You Have a Mental Illness."

Cleveland Clinic Center for Consumer Health Information: "How Does Exercise Improve Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000, and , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 18, 2020

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