Exercise Benefits Psychosis


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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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. 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…

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