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Exercise interventions for the treatment of affective disorders : research to practice

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Robert StantonRobert Stanton, Brenda Happell, Melanie HaymanMelanie Hayman, Peter ReaburnPeter Reaburn
Mental illness presents a growing disease burden, with worldwide prevalence estimates between 18 and 36% (1). In the USA, the prevalence of affective disorders including unipolar depression and bipolar disorder (BD) is around 20% (2, 3). While psychotropic medications remain at the front line of treatment for affective disorders, a growing body of research evidence strongly supports the role of exercise in the treatment of these affective disorders. Although remaining to be elucidated, there are a number of potential mechanisms by which exercise may be beneficial including neurobiological (4, 5) and pharmacological-like mechanisms (6). In the present paper, we shall discuss recent findings fromsystematic reviews and make recommendations for structured exercise, as distinct from unstructured or incidental physical activity, in the treatment of both depression and BD. This review also examines the role of exercise in the treatment of post-natal depression (PND) since this often transient but prevalent condition is rarely examined.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

5

Start Page

65

End Page

68

Number of Pages

4

ISSN

1664-0640

Location

Switzerland

Publisher

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- ); School of Nursing and Midwifery (2013- );

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Frontiers in psychiatry.