Depression in college is one of those issues very few students ever feel comfortable discussing, and yet it’s something that’s extremely prevalent across all campuses in the country. Maybe it’s because you’re feeling lonely, stressed, or over-worked. Maybe you just got your ass dumped, or you’ve been lucky enough to have depression run in your family. Whatever the reason, research shows that one out of every four college students suffers from some form of diagnosable mental illness.
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Luckily for all you mental cases out there, there seems to be a cure. New research has come out showing that exercise, along with medication, can relieve symptoms of serious depression.
While medication alone can temporarily alleviate some symptoms of depression for a period of time, most patients will never get back to their pre-depression states. Just look at Tony Soprano.
However, an extensive four year study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center tested the effects of exercise on people 18-70 who had been suffering from depression for at least 7 years and found significant breakthroughs.
Out of the test group that was put on a 12 week exercise regimen, 30% experienced a full remission. While another 20% showed extreme improvements. Those are great fucking numbers.
So the next time you’re feeling down instead of popping Prozacs like tic-tacs or drowning your sorrow at the nearest bar get off your lazy ass and hit the gym. Better yet, make exercise a part of your daily schedule.
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Tuesday, 30 August 2011
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