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Unread 11-29-2009, 02:47 PM
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Default Interesting article by a person who overcame severe chronic depression with exercise

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Unread 12-01-2009, 01:27 PM
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Just skimmed the article, but I firmly believe exercise can "cure" or at least help a great deal with depression. That's been my experience anyway.
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Exercise, generally speaking, has a positive impact on depression in terms of improving affect.

Here's the issue: when you're really depressed, exercise is the last thing you want to do.
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And then if you do too much, overtraining can lead to depression. Good times.
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I doubt any true depressive could do that much once depressed.

But, yes, in predisposed people, overtraining can trigger it.
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Weight training has been an integral part of my depression management. It's not only the physiological effects... the psychological impact of goal setting and achievement goes a long way as well. The only difficulty, is as Lyle pointed out: it can be really hard to get to the gym during a really bad bout, even though I know I love it, and want to be there. I once lost a year of training and gained about 30 lbs for that exact reason. So it may not necessarily be a cure for everyone, but it helps immensely.
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And then if you do too much, overtraining can lead to depression. Good times.
It just made me the most irritable, obnoxious person to be around.

Which is slightly depressing.
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