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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Depression, Mental--Treatment; Depression, Mental--Exercise therapy; Neurasthenia; Melancholy;

Abstract

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.

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Jan R. Bartlett

Comments

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Date Original

2010

Object Description

1 PDF file (13 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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