The Effects of Physical Fitness on Depression on Female Adolescents

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The effects of physical fitness on depression

A growing epidemic in America is depression. Physicians are able to prescribe drugs to help with the symptoms of depression, but other therapeutic methods have been studied and show great results in recovery. Therapeutic Physical Fitness has shown to reduce depression and anxiety. Ihas been confirmed through experiments that physical exercise can be as effective as antidepressant drugs and some cases suggest that it better prevents symptom recurrence.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Public Health in August 2005, Effects of physical exercise on depression neuron doctrine stress hormones and physiological fitness in adolescent females with
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Urine samples were collected from all participants at the beginning of the study. After the first eight weeks urine samples were taken again for both groups. Group B participants had decreased levels of two stress hormones – cortisol and epinephrine - in their urine samples taken after participating in group jogging for eight weeks. While Group A urine samples stayed at the same level of stress hormones.

Depressive persons tend to have a lower amount of physical activity because of their lack of motivation. Depression is found in a variety of people, but is especially prevalent among adolescents .But these findings would support us to conclude that physical fitness is therapeutic psychologically and physiologically in treating depression. Prescribing an appropriate regiment of exercise is shown in this study to decrease symptoms of depression in adolescent females.

This author wonders if the results in this study are effective because of the amount of physical exercise that took place in the lives of the volunteer subjects or if the aspect of jogging in a group simply helped the depressed women. Jogging five times a week with a group of women in the same age range, who all share the same problem, might have
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