How Exercise Reduces Anxiety


That exercise reduces anxiety is known, but little is known about exactly how. Researchers from Princeton University have found that exercise increasing activity of local inhibitory (GABA) mechanisms in the ventral hippocampus. Results appear in Journal of Neuroscience.

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Of further interest:
How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety (New York Times)

Schoenfeld, T., Rada, P., Pieruzzini, P., Hsueh, B., Gould, E.; Physical exercise prevents stress-induced activation of granule neurons and enhances local inhibitory mechanisms in the dentate gyrus. Journal of Neuroscience. 2013 May 1;33(18):7770-7. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5352-12.2013.

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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].