Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Exercise therapy; Depression, Mental--Treatment; Anxiety--Treatment;
Exercise and mental health is a relatively new area of study within health care and mental health disciplines. Whereas many mental health professionals focus on the mental status of clients, research suggests that physical health, exercise in particular, has a positive impact on mental health and well-being. Currently, typical treatment approaches lean toward psychotropic medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. However, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are becoming so widespread that other effective and affordable treatment approaches and options are greatly needed and vital to the overall mental health of society. Utilizing exercise in the treatment of anxiety and depression is a new and potentially powerful approach for therapists to consider.
The purpose of this paper is to review important factors and connections found in the research pertaining to exercise and mental health. Rationale is provided for incorporating exercise into treatment with clients who suffer from depression and anxiety. Finally, the paper will summarize treatment considerations for effectively using exercise with clients.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Linda J. Nebbe
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©2007 Holly A. Dorenkamp
Dorenkamp, Holly A., "Exercise : nature's defense against depression and anxiety" (2007). Graduate Research Papers. 556.