Exercise Reduces Symptoms in Schizophrenia


Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica reports that 31 patients with schizophrenia diagnoses, randomly assigned to 2 hours of exercise weekly for six months, demonstrated a significant improvement in positive and negative symptoms, cardiovascular fitness, and a reduction in depression and need of care when compared with 32 patients assigned to occupational therapy.

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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].


  1. Heads I win, tails you lose. Positive and negative symptoms. Everything is a symptom. With only the possibility of positive and negative symptoms, the patient is no longer a human being , but an object.

    The patient must be the “correct” temperature at all times, just like a mechanical device.

    “This porridge/patient is too hot!” she exclaimed.

    So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl.

    “This porridge/patient is too cold,” she said

    So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge.

    “Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily

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