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Research involving subjects aged 20 to 45 found that half an hour exercise three to five times a week has the same treatment benefits on depression as does medication. Furthermore, this exercise helps all areas of health as well as depression. The level of exercise mentioned earlier reduced depression symptoms by nearly 50%. It was also found that low-intensity exercise reduce depression symptoms by 30% and subjects who only participated in stretching exercises reduced their symptoms by 29%. Many people avoid treatment for their depression because of the social stigma attached to the disease. It is estimated that only 23% of the 19 million American people with depression seek treatment and only 10% receive appropriate treatment.
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About: Depression treatment may simply involve exercise
Date: 25 January 2005
Source: Daily News Central
Author: Carla Sharetto
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