Thursday, November 20, 2008

Exercise and schizophrenia

There has been a growing awareness in recent years of the links between exercise and mental health. Physical exercise has been found to improve depression and anxiety but there has been little research into its effects on schizophrenia. A Turkish study of 30 people with schizophrenia divided them into two groups. One group took part in an aerobic exercise programme over a 10-week period while the other group formed a control group. At the end of the 10-week study period the participants in the exercise programme showed a significant decrease in positive and negative symptoms and an improvement in their quality of life.

Acil, A., Dogan, S. and Dogan, O. - The effects of physical exercises [sic] to mental state and quality of life in patients with schizophrenia Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing December 2008, 15(10), 808-815

No comments: