Physical Activity & Depression
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What is depression?
- Depression is a mental illness that results in feelings of severe despondency (a state of low spirits caused by loss or hope of courage) and dejection (a sad and depressed state).
- Depression is one of the most common health problems for college students
- 75% of lifetime cases of mental health problems begin before the age of 24
Symptoms of Depression:
- Persistent sadness
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Loss of energy
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating and making decisions
How does Physical Activity contribute to helping depression?
- Studies of an experiment showed that physical activity appeared to be as effective as other therapeutic modalities for treatment of mild or moderate depressive symptoms
- Running attenuated depressive symptoms in minor depression
- Another study showed that physical activity suppressed depressive symptoms by serving as a diversion from sad thoughts and social reinforcement.
- Physical activity improved self-efficacy and increased neurotransmitters of catecholamines and endorphins which play a large role in reducing pain perception.
- You can make new friends with people who share similar interests
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