Physical Exercise May Improve Depression in Teens
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 12:00 AM

 News Bite:  In this era of increased depression teen depression effects about 20% of teens.  Physical exercise can be helpful in improving symptoms of depression in adolescents.  Group-based and supervised light- or moderate-intensity exercise activities 3 times a week for a period of between 6 to 11 or 12 weeks is suggested in this study.


Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how a teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.  Approximately 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood.

A new study suggests that physical exercise may be helpful in improving symptoms of depression in adolescents.  In a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials looking at exercise interventions and their effect on depressive symptoms in teens aged 13 to 17 years, physical exercise appeared to be an effective treatment strategy.

Group-based and supervised light- or moderate-intensity exercise activities 3 times a week for a period of between 6 to 11 or 12 weeks could bring about an improvement in depression.  Exercise also seems to be equally effective for both moderate and severe depression in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/863363