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Re: A boost when your medications aren't working 100%

Posted by Iansf on June 30, 2006, at 16:54:46 [reposted on July 2, 2006, at 2:57:55 | original URL]

In reply to Re: A boost when your medications aren't working 100%, posted by helpme on June 30, 2006, at 13:07:49

Cardio never worked for me - at all. For 10 years I went to the gym religiously, at least five times a week. I did heavy cardio at every workout. Yet I had problems with depression throughout, every bit as bad as when I wasn't going to the gym. It apparently works for some people but definitely not all.

As for the rubber band technique, I think I'm going to try that. Cognitive therapy did not work for me, but I sometimes thought that was because my mind was so quick and so nimble at coming up with negative counter arguments to all my positive counter arguments I just ended up in an endless round of point-counterpoint. The idea of just snapping without having to come up with counter thoughts might well be more effective in my case.

> I might add, vigourous cardio, like an hour daily, has been proven to be as effective as antidepressents because it affects brain and body chemistry plus gives sense of competence and accomplishment. Also, you build strength and endurance, and you enhance your energy levels. Your posture improves. You sleep better. If overweight- yeah, you lose weight. You even end up looking better- always a mood boost! On the downside, it is a little harder than snapping a rubberband.




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