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Exercise: An Rx for Depression?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Can exercise truly replace depression medications? What steps do you need to take to make this transition safely?
Air Date: 2/18/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John P. Higgins MD
John HigginsJohn P. Higgins MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC is a sports cardiologist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (6th graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Exercise: An Rx for Depression?
Can exercise truly replace your depression medications?

Research has proven that exercise helps ease anxiety and depression.

But how much does it actually help? Can it replace your meds, or might it not be as strong as they say?

Would you rather exercise every day and not have to use as much medication? What does exercise do for your brain that makes it such a strong antidepressant?

John P. Higgins, MD, is a sports cardiologist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In this segment he joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss depression, anxiety, your medications and exercise.

It might be the best medicine found to date.
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