AACBT Vic Pub Discussion: Physical activity for young people with depression
- Alexandra Parker
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Physical activity is a low-stigma intervention that has few side effects; the treatment of depression is supported by an emerging evidence-base of controlled trials. Learn more at this informative session.
In this talk, Alexandra will discuss the available research into physical activity as a treatment for depression and explore how physical activity is proposed to improve mood. The available evidence indicates that physical activity is an effective intervention for depression as either a stand-alone treatment or integrated with treatment as usual. Practical strategies to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of physical activity interventions in clinical practice will also be explored.
Depression is highly prevalent in young people and is a leading contributor to the global burden of disease. Recent meta-analyses suggest that the evidence-based approaches of antidepressant medication and psychological treatments (predominantly cognitive behaviour therapy) are only modestly effective in this age group. With such modest effects of first-line treatments, there is a need for additional therapeutic strategies. One potential strategy is exercise or physical activity. Physical activity for the treatment of depression is supported by an emerging evidence-base of controlled trials and by the clear and established cross-sectional and prospective relationship between higher levels of physical activity and lower levels of depression. In addition to mental and physical health benefits, physical activity is a low-stigma intervention that has few side effects; factors that are important to help-seeking young people.
A pub discussion is a relaxed opportunity to observe a presentation on an interesting topic related to cognitive behavioural therapy. There are opportunities for the willing to engage in a discussion relating to the topic towards the end of the presentation.