Should psychiatrists prescribe exercise for depression? (The Dana Foundation Website – 30 June 2010)

Dana_logoStudy after study is showing that exercise can lift mood.  But is there enough evidence so psychiatrists will start writing "exercise" on their prescription pads?


After Joshua Berman,
39, was diagnosed with depression, he tried several different
antidepressant medications to alleviate his symptoms. He finally found
some success with one medication—but that success came with a price.

didn’t have a lot of energy. It hindered me from getting up in the
morning,” says Berman. “[The medication] stabilized my mood better than
anything else had but I still had affect issues and trouble sleeping
most nights.”

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