Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science



Purpose: This article aims to review the management options for depression and specifically examine the effects of exercise on depression. The neurobiology of depression must also be explored to understand the mechanism of depression and the favorable physiological effects exercise has on depression.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with the search terms of “depression”, “exercise”, and “exercise and depression”. Eight pertinent peer-reviewed articles were retrieved and referenced in this article.

Results: Exercise is effective in preventing and managing the symptoms of depression.

Conclusion: Depression can be prevented and managed with exercise along with conventional options such as pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy.

Keywords: Exercise, Depression, Prevention, Management


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