Exercise does not ease depression
Results outlining that exercise with conventional treatment does not aid in the recovery of severe depression. In the NHS-funded study - published in the British Medical Journal - some patients were given help to boost their activity levels in addition to receiving therapy or anti-depressants.
There were 361 people taking part in the trail and some were given conventional treatments appropriate to their level of depression.Though for eight months some in the randomly allocated groups had also given up advice on up to 13 separate occasions on how to increase their level of activity.
Prof John Campbell, from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, which also took part in the study, said: "Many patients suffering from depression would prefer not to have to take traditional anti-depressant medication, preferring instead to consider alternative non-drug based forms of therapy.
"Exercise and activity appeared to offer promise as one such treatment, but this carefully designed research study has shown that exercise does not appear to be effective in treating depression."
Depression is perception
Do manic depressives prefer to take a pill then exercise? whatever the answer is,this is not addressing the problem, what is the trigger to that persons depression & can this be tackled by mainstream treatment such anti depresants.
Long periods of antidepressant use can cause sensations of some depressants of anxiety heart palpitations and panic attacks. Within complementary therapy context we see this anxiety as a sign that the trigger to their depression is not being dealt with only suppressed by mood stabilising drugs.