The Large, Statistically Significant Effect of Walking on Depression

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Researchers in the U.K. searched eleven databases for randomized, controlled trials of walking as a treatment intervention for depression. 14,672 retrieved articles yielded eight that met criteria for inclusion; meta-analysis supported walking as a promising treatment for depression or depressive symptoms with few, if any, contraindications. The effect that the researchers found was both large and statistically significant.  Results will appear in Mental Health and Physical Activity.

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Kermit Cole
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]

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