Exercise for Depression

  • Cooney G
  • Dwan K
  • Mead G
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Abstract

Clinical Question

Is exercise an effective treatment for depression?

Bottom Line

Exercise is associated with a greater reduction in depression symptoms compared with no treatment, placebo, or active control interventions, such as relaxation or meditation. However, analysis of high-quality studies alone suggests only small benefits.

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Authors

  • Gary Cooney

  • Kerry Dwan

  • Gillian Mead

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