By using a mind and body combination of meditation and exercise over a two month period, people found a reduction in depression symptoms by 40 percent.
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“The study, published in Translational Psychiatry this month, found that this mind and body combination — done twice a week for only two months — reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 percent.
‘We are excited by the findings because we saw such a meaningful improvement in both clinically depressed and non-depressed students,’ says Brandon Alderman, lead author of the research study. ‘It is the first time that both of these two behavioral therapies have been looked at together for dealing with depression.’
Alderman, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science, and Tracey Shors, professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, both in the School of Arts and Sciences, discovered that a combination of mental and physical training (MAP) enabled students with major depressive disorder not to let problems or negative thoughts overwhelm them.
‘Scientists have known for a while that both of these activities alone can help with depression,’ says Shors. ‘But this study suggests that when done together, there is a striking improvement in depressive symptoms along with increases in synchronized brain activity.'”