Exercise Treatment for Mood Disorders

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Exercise Treatment for Mood Disorders: A Neurobiological Rationale

Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan shares that evidence has shown time and time again that exercise is health-promoting for the body and the mind. More recently, studies have demonstrated positive effects of exercise in mood disorders (primarily unipolar depression). What remains unclear is the underlying brain biology. What are the neurobiological deficits that occur in bipolar disorder? Do we have proof that exercise works at these levels to alter brain function? How do we translate laboratory evidence into clinical realities? These are some of the questions that are addressed during this webinar.

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20 responses to “Exercise Treatment for Mood Disorders”

  1. I KNEW it! I tweeted him to endorse me for WEGO – I am shameless. Like he’s going to do it, right? He’s probably out dancing the night away with some gorgeous Mensa member!

    But you never know unless you ask!

  2. Make that two more. 😉

  3. Damn he’s fine.

    No wonder the man has over twenty one THOUSAND Twitter followers!!!! :)))))

    And, as of five minutes ago, now he has one more Twitter follower, ha ha ha!!!

  4. Yes, he’s a babe.

  5. When I first saw the International Bipolar Foundation’s announcement for this webinar, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous this psychiatrist is, but that’s just a minor point. What really caught my eye was how healthy/happy/vibrant he appears, especially compared to all the other pdocs I’ve ever encountered.

    Could his glow be due to the power of exercise?????

    Check this link out!


    and this….


  6. Oh that kind. Sometimes when we’re out, my Soulie and I will hold hands and skip together 🙂

  7. No. Not with a rope. Just skipping down the street, like we did as little girls, or at least we should have. Here’s a site that promotes skipping: http://iskip.com/blog/benefits/

  8. Skipping with a rope is not a joy. It’s highly stressful because five year-olds can do it and I CANNOT! I get my feet tangled in the rope and then trip myself up and then go all hot and prickly-eyed and have to stop skipping before I cry from rage.

  9. Skipping, on the other hand, would be a joy. Not stressful at all. Except for people looking askance.

  10. It’s a start. I’ve given up skipping though (the exercise, not skipping class) because I canNOT do it, and it was causing entirely too much stress.

  11. I’m lucky – mine’s relatively benign at the moment. Seems to have fallen more into the ‘ridiculous anxiety’ category of late. Ah well. Exercise helps that, too.

  12. That’s a start.

  13. Depression is pretty nasty. I found severe depression a living hell. Quite literally. Hell. Been there. Never want to go back.

  14. It works for the duration of the class, at least, most of the time 🙂

  15. Whatever we can do to help abolish those blues. You punch it in its face with your boxing gloves on.

  16. Thank you, Dyane, for your testimony to the power of exercise. More and more evidence points to its importance.

  17. I know that exercise helps with bipolar’s smaller, less bad-assed cousin, depression. Sometimes. Most of the time. Ish.

  18. This sounds like a very interesting webinar. My psychiatrist believes in 20-30 minutes of mild-moderate intensity exercise every day for those with bipolar disorder! (Yes, every day unless there’s a very good reason not to do so, like your foot falls off spontaneously or something…)

    As an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer who has bipolar disorder, I personally & professionally attest to the power of exercise for mood. Working out (walking, elliptical, swimming, hiking, dancing, etc.) can be such a profound mood lifter. Using my NordicTrack elliptical almost every day has made a hugely positive difference in my life over the past year. 🙂 It’s not easy to make time for it, but it can be done & it’s worth it.

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