Essay On Exercise As Treatment For Depression

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Exercise as Treatment for Depression Jacob Gibson University of Alabama in Birmingham Exercise as Treatment for Depression Depression is a prevalent severe medical disorder that adversely affects the way people feel, think, and act. According to Brosse, Sheets, Lett and Blumenthal (2002), the term depression is used to describe an unease or dissatisfaction mood state, a condition that involves a group of symptoms or a clinical disorder. Depression leads to a series of feelings of sadness or loss of interest in activities that were once appealing. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, increased fatigue, sleeplessness, difficulty in thinking, concentrating, or making decisions, and suicidal thoughts. Depression can…show more content…
Evidence from studies indicates that negative self-evaluations among people including adults and adolescents play a role in the occurrence of major depressive disorders (MDD). It is theorized that effective depression interventions work towards improving self-evaluations among patients. For instance, particular self-evaluations include applying self-efficacy, positive thoughts on body image, and physical self-confidence (Brosse et al., 2002 & Palmer, 2005). The evidence suggests that improved self-evaluations may mediate antidepressant results of exercise. Exercise has been established to have significant psychological effects on an individual’s self-esteem, primarily those with depression. Self-esteem is related to body image compared to any other characteristics of self. According to Doyne, Ossip-Klein, Bowman, Osborn, McDougall and Neimey (1987), as individuals exercise regularly, they are most likely to acquire increased physical benefits such as weight loss, muscle strength, and increased respiratory fitness. Such improvements in the physical features of an individual lead to positive personal perceptions and a boost in self-esteem. In a study conducted to establish the effects of exercise on adolescents with depression, Carter, Guo, Turner, Morres, Khalil, Brighton and Callaghan (2015) found that after completion of the study using aerobic exercises, the mood of 26 participants dropped and they showed signs of sadness. The reasons for the changed emotions
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