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Re: Exercise and Depression-& bipolar depression

Posted by nancy on April 26, 1999, at 19:17:35

In reply to Re: Exercise and Depression, posted by Sean on April 23, 1999, at 15:05:52

> > I noticed the numerous discussions on depression, medication,etc. and became curious if many of you have taken the initiative to thoroughly analyze your level of fitness? Or your nutrition? I have had the opportunity to assist many people with the treatment of depression and anxiety with strategic exercise and nutrition. Perhaps committing to a comprehensive training program could not only add quality years to your life, but save you alot of money on medication.
> >
> > As a wellness consultant / personal trainer, I have personally experienced the struggles with depression, as well as the frustration of researching the "perfect" medication. Unfortunately, there arent any medications that are free of side effects, or perfect. I understand that these drugs have thier purpose and to many of you they may be a blessing. However, I have'nt found an antidepressant in this country or abroad that makes me feel any better than
> > quality nutrition, rest, and intense exercise.
> > I suggest joining a fitness center near work or home, hiring a trainer with credentials that will make you exercise at the correct intensity and maintain commitment. Thanks for reading, just trying to help.
> > Bill
> It is all a matter of severity is it not? For some
> people, excercise and diet may be enough, but I
> think these folks would be on the very mild side
> of the spectrum. Often an AD will give a person
> the weel being to begin exercising and thus start
> a virtuous cycle.
> Has anybody noticed how SSRI's make you not give
> a shit about health? I did not have this reaction
> with TCA's.
> At a minimum, an exercise routine can help break
> up rumination, help with sleep, and that pesky
> AD-related weight gain. For those who can do it,
> it should be an important part of therapy...

No. I take 300 mg Effexor XR (just ONE of my bipolar meds) on a daily basis AND bicycle 15 miles a day! I guess I'd be considered to give much more than a "shit" about my physical condition.

BTW, during a disabling bipolar depression, you can forget the're lucky to be able to simply lift an arm off the sheets! :) N




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