PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND DEPRESSION
by amelie_durocher on November 13, 2013 - 12:11pm
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND DEPRESSION
Physical activity is often promoted as a natural treatment for depression. Studies are now trying to prove this fact but actually the results do not go as they would. One study says that physical activity is a good treatment even if the patient is not doing a lot of movement but at the opposite, the other study shows that physical activity improves the psychological risk factor and the depression symptoms.
The first article is a summary and analysis of 30 studies about training and depression. They realized that training has impact on your mental health if you are doing approximately 2 hours and a half of moderated physical activity. The study is also conscientious that activity influences depression risk, but they also say that it can decrease the chance to have a depression diagnostic later on.
At the opposite, the academic article says without doubts that physical activity is not good if you are having mental disorders because it improves the symptoms. Those authors have done tests on mice to see the result of the difference risk factor of depression and the result has shown that physical activity improves the symptoms when it is used with medication. In this case, it is possible to considerate physical activity not only as something negative but the doctor or the person of suffer need to control the medication and the physical activity to maintain a good balance.
The news article and the academic article are closely related because they talk about the same subject but do not have the same results which does not make sense because experts should be analyzing the same thing even if it is not the same study. The human brain is always the same so the result should not be that different as they are now. The news article is mentioning that “25 [of the 30 studies] suggested exercise influenced depression risk”  the whole article is about the opposite. They talk about how physical activity is good and how it decrease the chance to have a depression later on in your life. I would tend to give more importance to the academic article but at the same time, this article is not clear. It shows result of studies done on mice, but it is hard to understand how physical activity is affecting mice’s minds. Those two articles are in contradiction and it is hard to say which one is better and gives the more relevant information. A debate is probably happening on the treatment of depression with physical activity right now and this is why the reference are contradicting themselves.
Mental disorders as depression and anxiety need to be cure even if it is not with physical activity. The most important fact is to withdraw the sufferance of this person for the longest time that is possible.
Annotated MLA bibliography
Hamilton, Michelle. “Exercise may help prevent depression later in life” NBC news 11 Nov. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
This news article is not a relevant reference to my project because the information has been changed to fit to the context and the article that the newspaper asked to be published. This article could have been helpful to explain how physical activity is good to treat mental disorders but I do not considerate it as good because the information are not 100% true. The author is unknown in this field so I do not accord a lot of importance to this article and I do not think I am going to use it for my paper.
Lee, Hosung, et al. "Regular Moderate Or Intense Exercise Prevents Depression-Like Behavior Without Change Of Hippocampal Tryptophan Content In Chronically Tryptophan-Deficient And Stressed Mice." Plos ONE 8.7 (2013): 1-8. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
Even if the content of this article has been reviewed before publishing, this academic article is not the most relevant to my project because it goes in contradiction with the information that I found earlier and on other references. This article explains the result that they got for their own studies but the result are not clearer. Some additional information should be added for a better comprehension of their analysis. Understanding this article could lead to a better explanation on how it is in contradiction to my previous information and I could explain the benefit or the drawback of a physical activity treatment for a person who is affected by mental disorder. The authors seem to have experience in this background and can be considerate as good reference, but I don’t qualify the article as relevant so the author are not relevant too.
 Lee, Hosung, et al. "Regular Moderate Or Intense Exercise Prevents Depression-Like Behavior Without Change Of Hippocampal Tryptophan Content In Chronically Tryptophan-Deficient And Stressed Mice." Plos ONE 8.7 (2013): 1-8. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.