Exercise, the New Preferred Drug

May 31st, 2019

Monica Younan, B.A., Psychology Intern

Depression and anxiety, among many other mental health issues, have serious detrimental effects on one’s mood, physical health, brain functioning, sleep and so much more. For some time now, antidepressant medication along with some type of psychotherapy, has been the first line of treatment for individuals living with depression and anxiety.

However, did you know that physical activity has actually been shown to be as effective as antidepressants? We all know that exercise releases endorphins and positive neurotransmitters. Just like antidepressants, exercise has also been found to increase brain neuroplasticity. In other words, it allows for the brain’s structure and function to change and improve. In addition, it leads to an increase in hippocampus growth. Hippocampus is a gland in our brain that is largely involved in memory retention.

If you have been feeling anxious or depressed lately, now is the perfect time to put on those running shoes and squeeze in a workout! Needless to say, physical activity does not replace the benefits of psychotherapy. Check out this following page to learn more about how exercise, rather than medication, is now being prescribed to patients, as a first-line treatment.

If you or a loved one are suffering with anxiety, depression or any other mental health issues, we, at PsySanté, are here to help. Call or email us to learn about the different types of therapies you could combine along with your physical activity.

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