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Exercise for Depression: How It Helps
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Being physically active should be part of depression treatment, experts say. By Matt McMillen
Five years ago, after ending a long-term relationship, Anita became seriously depressed. It benched the once-physically active writer, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy.She stopped running and began gaining weight and falling out of shape. It was not the first time she had been depressed, and traditional therapy had not helped her as much as she had hoped. This time, she sought out someone different. She found Jane Baxter, PhD, a therapist who was able to get her moving again, mentally and physically.
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The 20-something couple, married just a few years, was eagerly looking forward to the birth of their first baby. Labor and delivery went fine, and the baby was born healthy. But problems began when the new mom, overwhelmed by motherhood, suffered depression. "The husband had to take care of everything," recalls Joan R. Sherman, MFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Lancaster, Pa., who saw the couple in counseling. When he was at work, he worried that his wife was so depressed she...
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Baxter, who is based in Washington, D.C., has a unique background and practice. She is a psychologist and a certified personal trainer. When Anita showed up for her first appointment, Baxter eschewed the couch in favor of a treadmill.
"She's a mental health trainer and a physical trainer," says Anita, 46.
That combination may sound unusual, but recent research shows that exercise may be one of the best treatments for mild to moderate depression.

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alaska_mommy responded:
I agree exercise can help. But sometimes it doesn't. According to the article, it helps about half the time. That's good, but it's obviously not the answer for everyone. Thanks for posting the article, Chrissy!

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