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Category: Depression

Jun 9, 2022

Exercise to Fight Depression!

Since 1949 May has been designated as National Mental Health Month for the purpose of eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness by raising awareness. One of the most common mental health conditions is depression. New research from Boston University School of Public Health has found that depression has been increasing in the United States […]

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Nov 11, 2020

Don't Let COVID Get You Down

Exercise and be Happy! Part II of II Last week in Part I on Depression I discussed the importance of laughter for the prevention of depression. In this column, I will discuss one of the most understated benefits of exercise – mental health! Specifically, aerobic exercise (exercise that increases your heart rate for 30 minutes […]

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Nov 3, 2020

Don’t Let Covid get you down…

Laugh and Walk Your Way to Happiness! Part I of II It has been 9 long months living with COVID 19! Most of us are weary and tired of social distancing, wearing masks, visiting with family from a distance or virtually. We miss the hugs and kisses of our family and friends. While it is […]

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Mar 16, 2020

Seasonal​ ​Affective​ ​Disorder

It’s that time of year…after a long winter of nights that come early and last too long there is LIGHT at the end of the tunnel! In the fall and winter, especially this far north, many people start to feel the gloom of their surroundings creep into their psyche and spring cannot arrive too soon...Is this normal, or a sign of something more serious?

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Jan 23, 2017

Worried Sick? Be happy in 2017 (Part 2 of 2)

Worried Sick? Be Happy in 2017! Part 2 of 2 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College) – The 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Kathryn Schmidt Personal Bio: Kathryn majored in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical and […]

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Jan 16, 2017

Worried Sick? Be Happy in 2017 (Part 1 of 2)

Worried Sick? Don’t Worry, be Be Happy in 2017! Part 1 of 2 Special Feature “ Health & Exercise Forum” with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College) – The 3rd Monday of every month! Guest Columnist: Kathryn Schmidt  Personal Bio: Kathryn majored in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a […]

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May 16, 2016

Exercise and Be Happy!

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH! Exercise and Be Happy! TCMC Medical Contributor: Steven Kafrissen, MD, is a psychiatrist at Community Counseling Services and an associate professor of clinical medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College. This column is a special feature the third Monday of every month of Health & Exercise Forum in cooperation with The […]

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Feb 11, 2013

Exercise and Be Happy - Part 2 of 2 on Depression

Last week in Part I on Depression I discussed the importance of laughter for the prevention of depression. In this column, I will discuss one of the most understated benefits of exercise – mental health! Specifically, aerobic exercise (exercise that increases your heart rate for 30 minutes or more) such as walking, biking, running, swimming, […]

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Feb 4, 2013

Laugh Your Way to Happiness: Part 1 of 2 on Depression

The decorations are long gone. Family and friends are back to their routines. The bills from the holidays have arrived and winter has hit hard with too many short, cold, dark and dreary days. It only takes a few other problems like stress at work and health issues to put you over the edge… Depression […]

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Oct 25, 2009

Breathe Heavy and Be Happy: Treat Depression with Exercise

Physical activity, specifically aerobic exercise, is a scientifically proven useful tool for preventing and easing depression symptoms. Studies in the British Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Exercise and Sports Science found that depression scores were significantly reduced in groups that engaged in aerobic running, jogging or walking programs, 30-45 minutes 3-5 days per week for 10-12 weeks when compared to a control group and a psychotherapy counseling group.

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