Evidence-based recommendations for the prescription of exercise for major depressive disorder

Chad D. Rethorst, Madhukar H. Trivedi

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Abstract

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a source of great disease burden, due in part to the limited accessibility and effectiveness of current treatments. Although current treatments are efficacious in a segment of the population with MDD, there is a clear need for alternative and augmentation treatment strategies. Exercise is one such alternative treatment option. Research has shown exercise to be efficacious as both a stand-alone and an augmentation therapy. As a result, exercise is now included in the American Psychiatric Association's treatment recommendations. The purpose of this article is to provide clinicians with a knowledge base to prescribe exercise to their patients. The authors describe the evidence supporting the use of exercise in the treatment of MDD, provide evidence-based recommendations for prescribing exercise, and address practical considerations related to prescribing exercise in real-world treatment settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of psychiatric practice
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

Keywords

  • Augmentation
  • Evidence-based recommendations
  • Exercise
  • Major depressive disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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