Mar 29, 2023 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

Doctors and patients can consider exercise as a first-line treatment for anxiety and depression compared with the usual treatments. Exercise should be part of the treatment of neurotoxic conditions, as I have described in my book entitled “Neurotoxicity Guidebook”, first published several decades ago.

See the following, quoted below: Singh B, Olds T, Curtis R, et al. Effectiveness of physical activity interventions for improving depression, anxiety and distress: an overview of systematic reviews. British Journal of Sports Medicine Published Online First: 16 February 2023. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-106195

“There have been hundreds of research trials examining the effects of physical activity (PA) on depression, anxiety and psychological distress, many of which suggest that PA may have similar effects to psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy (and with numerous advantages over psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, in terms of cost, side-effects and ancillary health benefits).13–18

“What are the new findings

Results showed that physical activity is effective for reducing mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and psychological distress (median effect size range=−0.42 to –0.60), compared with usual care across all populations.

Our findings underscore the important role of physical activity in the management of mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and psychological distress.”

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