Could an implement of moderate exercise be the future to improving depression treatment?
by bmusc1 on March 14, 2014 - 12:40pm
The article “Moderate exercise improves depression parameters in treatment-resistant patients with major depressive disorder” describes what could be, a break through in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). In addition to the proven facts that exercise can improve cardiovascular health there are also reasons to believe that exercise can also improve ones psychological well being (p.1006). The goal of the experiment performed was to find if a moderately intensive exercise program could be added to pharmacotherapy to treat MDD. To test this theory, 150 individuals with treatment-resistant MDD were screened and 33 were chosen from the group. 11 people were prescribed to stay on their current medication plan while, the remaining 22 continued with their medication, but also added in aerobic exercises. The aerobic exercises consisted of 30-45 min walks five days a week for 12 weeks. After the 12 weeks the data was collected adjustments were made, and the results proved that physical exercise of 30-45 minutes a day can improve in the treatment of pharmacology resistant patients with MDD (p.1010).
I myself also strongly agree with the use of exercise to improve ones daily functioning abilities. With exercise comes increased endorphins in the blood stream, and soon a better mood follows. Almost as if you have tricked yourself into being happy! I know that after my Crossfit workouts I am always in a better mood then I was when I went in.
This article is a great example of the “question” element to our Critical Thinking Guide text. In the background portion of the article, the question is clearly stated by saying “This study assessed the impact on depression and functioning parameters of a moderate intensity exercise program, as in adjuvant to pharmacotherapy, in treatment-resistant MD patients”(p.1005). As the article continued the question and goal of the research stayed consistent. As the article broke into different segments such as the study design, participants, inclusion and exclusion criteria, study protocol ext. the question was being addressed and steps are taken to find an answer to the initial question. The tasks performed throughout the study are also steps necessary to fulfill the questions needs to be answered.
Mota-Pereira, J., Silverio, J., Carvalho, S., Ribeiro, J., Fonte, D., & Ramos, J. (2011). Moderate exercise Improves depression parameters in treatment-resistant patients with major depressive disorder. Journal Of Psychiatric Research, 45(8), 1005-1011. Doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.02.005