56 patients in an acute care setting for psychosis in Western Australia reported that a formal exercise program helped to manage their psychiatric symptoms, as well as improve their level of fitness, confidence, and self-esteem. The authors note that this study adds to established literature on the benefits of such programs for anxiety and depression. Results appear in International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.
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One wonders then why people diagnosed with psychosis are kept indoors, behind locked doors with no fresh air or facilities for exercising. All they can do is pace restlesly the corridors.
I would have thought they would get enough exercise trying to run away from the psych nurses who wish to assault them with forced drugging.
re: enought exercise by running away from psych nurses
How funny is that!
Working at an American mental health facility in Reacreational Therapy for over three years now and I am seeing the majority of staff from maintenance to the doctors eating badly, not exercising, getting fatter and therefore don’t see any reason for the patients to be actually doing these things either. Now they will put physical activities in the treatment plans on paper in the charts, but because of “liability” not allow us to take them outside for walks in the park that surrounds this hospital. Go figure. When the inactive, uncreative, obese are in charge…