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Exercise & Mental Health

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  1. I can testify that exercise works. I created a website for a health club that was going out of business, and in payment, I received a stair climber. I use it instead of prescription drugs to keep away depression. As an agoraphobic, it was difficult for me to exercise adequately before, so this has been great.

    I was briefly hospitalized and briefly stuck in a sort of half-way house back when I was severely depressed and suicidal, and even though I’m agoraphobic, so I’m used to somewhat limited activity, those institutions were horrible places to be active. In the mental ward of a hospital, you shuffle around in stocking feet (no shoes, or when you get your shoes back, no shoelaces). They have occupational therapy where you make useless trinkets which you can take home to remind you of the horrors of the place, and you have to participate successfully in group therapy in order to get out, but there’s nothing physical beyond shuffling from your room to the OT room to the group room. In the half-way house, we went on *one* short, briskless stroll in four days (it was too much for one woman who was severely out-of-shape). I left two suggestions when I got out–get a treadmill so we can *move* even though we’re stuck in a house–and serve something vegetarian (I was hungry by the time I got out because almost every meal was meat-based).

  2. I agree exercise is helping me, I suffer from major depression. I was on different meds, which made me gain weight, in turn I felt worse. I suffered from an awful lot of side effects so decided to exercise , try the homeopath route, and eat carefully.
    I am now feeling a little better , sometimes I try to make excuses not to exercise but I know I will beat myself up if I don’t exercise.



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