Wellness – Prescribing Exercise to Treat Depression

Thanks to Paul Martin and Jean Chretien, Canadians are not experiencing the disaster many are experiencing south of the border down Washington way.  And yet, medical histories are showing an abundance of SSRI usage, financial problems plague treatment planning, jobs are in peril or lost and we are dealing with people in psychic pain more often than ever before. Take note:

Can a stroll help ease depression? That question preoccupied Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, after several of his patients, all suffering from serious depression, mentioned that they felt happier if they went for a walk. The patients in question were taking the widely prescribed antidepressants known as S.S.R.I.’s, for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but not responding fully. They remained, by clinical standards, depressed. Dr. Trivedi and his colleagues began to wonder if adding a formal “dose” of exercise would increase their chances of getting better.

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