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The Value of Exercise on a Psychiatric Hospital Unit
Robert W. Conroy; Kim Smith; Alan R. Felthous
Psychiatric Services 1982; doi:
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C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital Topeka, Kansas

American Psychiatric Association

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A number of reports in the literature have shown the value of exercise programs in reducing depression among psychiatric patients. Most of these papers have dealt with outpatients; this paper recounts a study of hospitalized inpatients who elected to participate in a six-week exercise program. After six weeks, participants showed significant decreases in their levels of reported depression, and nonsignificant trends toward a decrease in anxiety and an increase in their sense of accomplishment. The program did not ameliorate many disturbing feelings, such as anger and fear, nor did it elicit a wide range of positive affects such as cooperation and feelings of acceptance. However, the authors conclude that a well-designed exercise program has enough potential benefit to make it a regular part of a psychiatric inpatient program.

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