Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Depression, Mental--Treatment; Depression, Mental--Exercise therapy; Neurasthenia; Melancholy;
Depression is a major cause of hardship in the U.S., both in terms of individual mental health and cost of treatment. Exercise and physical activity presents a low-cost alternative to achieve the same positive alleviation of depressive symptoms as medications and psychotherapy. There is a large body of research linking exercise to an increase in positive emotions, as well as a range of other benefits.
This paper will discuss some reasons counselors may consider exercise intervention for clients suffering from clinical depression, describe the use of this intervention, as well as leading theories explaining the mechanics behind the emotionally lifting effects of exercise. Also discussed will be the other potential benefits of physical fitness, as well as strategies counselors can use when prescribing an exercise program to diverse clients.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Jan R. Bartlett
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©2010 Thomas Earl Loney
Loney, Thomas Earl, "Exercise intervention" (2010). Graduate Research Papers. 228.