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    Exercise for Depression: How It Helps
    Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
    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...

    Read full article here... then come back and leave your thoughts about exercise and depression here. What changes have you noticed in your mindset when actively engaging in exercise? What other tips can you offer?
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    RachaelK01 responded:
    The article seems right on target for me. I would have loved to have found a therapist who did this in my area when I really needed it.
    For me, my mind wanders about this problem and that during my cardio, until by the end, I am tired and really don't care much about whatever it was. Sometimes by the end I actually forget what I was upset at to begin with. I just want a drink.
    Weights are different because I make myself think only about form and breathing--if my mind starts to wander I usually catch it early on and go back to thinking about my breathing. Its like a controlled- zoning out.

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