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Exercise does not improve recovery from depression, says NHS funded study

Published on 06/06/2012

Exercise does not improve recovery from depression, according to a new study funded by the NHS.

Depression affects people in different ways, and can cause a variety of symptoms depending on severity.

Current guidelines drawn up by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2004 suggest that sufferers of depression do up to three exercise sessions a week.

It is traditionally believed that increased physical activity can help those with mild cases of depression.

However, an NHS funded study, published in the British Medical Journal, showed that combining exercise with conventional treatments for depression does not actually improve recovery times.

Teams from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter carried out a study on 361 patients, who were given conventional treatment appropriate for their level of depression.

For eight months, some of the group were also given advice on up to 13 separate occasions on how to increase their level of activity. It was up to individual patients to decide what activity to increase and by how much.

These findings are likely to be taken into account when NICE next reviews its guidelines.

If you want to be covered for depression on your private medical insurance, look for a health insurance policy with full psychiatric cover.

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