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    Exercise pill hope for depression The natural "high" produced by exercise could one day be available in a pill that targets a gene in our brains. The Yale University experts say that experiments on mice could show why regular exercise can help people suffering from depression. Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, they say it could lead to more effective drugs. Mental Health charities in the UK already back exercise programmes as a way of lifting depression. Mind has long recommended physical exercise as a way of improving mental wellbeing Marcus Roberts Mind While the link between exercise and improved mood is well known, the reasons behind it are not fully understood. The latest research focuses on an area of the brain called the hippocampus, which is already established as a target for antidepressant drugs. The team developed a test to see which genes in this region were made more active during exercise, and highlighted one called VGF. This gene is linked to a "growth factor" chemical involved in the development of nerve cells. This fitted with their theory that, for depression to lift, changes in the actual structure and links between brain cells are needed, not just changes in the chemicals surrounding the cells. The next step was to make a version of that chemical, and to test it on mice, where it showed an effect on their behaviour that roughly equated to antidepressant effects in humans. The researchers believe that a drug based on VGF could offer "possibly even superior efficacy" to current antidepressants. 'Clinically effective' Marcus Roberts, Head of Policy at Mind, said that, currently, the use of exercise as a treatment for mental health problems should be recommended by doctors. "Mind has long recommended physical exercise as a way of improving mental wellbeing, and many people who experience mental distress have told us that exercise has hugely benefited their mental health. "Our own research has shown that outdoor exercise can decrease feelings of depression and increase self-esteem by inspiring a sense of achievement - the evidence is growing that this should be treated as a clinically valid treatment." Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/h...th/7116891.stm Published: 2007/12/03 02:40:53 GMT © BBC MMVII
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    Re: Exercise pill hope for depression : Woohoo No more exercise!

    As an alternative, you could increase your consumption of fish. I read in psychologytoday.com that eating fish regularly is an effective way of avoiding depression. An increased dosage of Omega 3 fatty acids (which are also found in fish) is also beneficial.
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      Re: Exercise pill hope for depression : Woohoo No more exercise!

      but wouldnt u prefer doing xercise? its more physical n realistic than taking a pill... + as said above, there are other better ways to get outta depression than being dependant on pills...

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        Re: Exercise pill hope for depression : Woohoo No more exercise!

        Originally posted by sis_sarah View Post
        but wouldnt u prefer doing xercise? its more physical n realistic than taking a pill... + as said above, there are other better ways to get outta depression than being dependant on pills...
        Exercise is not the only solution to those suffering from depression. Often depressed people cant even be bothered to take the required aciton and exercise. Depression itself on a higher level is a much more deep seated phycological and spiritual disease. Pills are not a long term "fix", but a short term solution , and if taken under the close supervision and guidance of doctors they have a positive effect on some people. But defently not the solution to the problem.

        Exercise can treat mild depression from what i understand, and there are other practical remedies, the least of which is counselling.

        I personally believe that only the Quran, and spiritual purificaiton and the spiritual medicaiton of Salaat, and following the Sunnah can fight the disease of depression. This requires a complete turning to Allah, and complete sincereity and submission to his Will.
        Last edited by Arsalan; 04-12-07, 08:32 PM.
        "Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not and they turn away" (21:1)

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          Re: Exercise pill hope for depression : Woohoo No more exercise!

          Originally posted by Arsalan View Post

          I personally believe that only the Quran, and spiritual purificaiton and the spiritual medicaiton of Salaat, and following the Sunnah can fight the disease of depression. This requires a complete turning to Allah, and complete sincereity and submission to his Will.
          true, depression is psychological n what better remedy than spirituality through following the Quran n Sunnah

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