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New Guidelines for Using Exercise as an Antidepressant

(5/13/2013)

New Guidelines for Using Exercise as an Antidepressant
Psych Central
May 11, 2013

Exercise has been proven as an effective treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD), and now there is sufficient research to help doctors prescribe the proper dose of exercise for depressed patients, according to a new report in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice.  Based on research, aerobic exercise is the preferred form of exercise for patients with major depression. There is also some research support for resistance training, said Rethorst and Trivedi.  Researchers suggest that patients participate in three to five exercise sessions per week, for 45 to 60 minutes per session. In terms of intensity, for aerobic exercise, they recommend achieving a heart rate that is 50 to 85 percent of the individual’s maximum heart rate.

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