Finding balance: managing diabetes and depression with physical activity

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Aliya Ayub explores a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of physical activity interventions for the management of depression symptoms and glycaemic control in people with depression and type 2 diabetes.

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Understanding maladaptive exercise in adolescence: who is at risk and why?

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Caroline Touzeau and Caitlin Lloyd blog about a recent longitudinal cohort study that investigated patterns of maladaptive exercise in young people, which supports “re-framing motivations for exercise in youth away from weight loss at a population level”.

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Exercise for depression: an evidence-based treatment option

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Ross Nedoma summarises the biggest review yet on exercise for depression, which strengthens the case for making exercise a key component in our fight against depression.

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Be kind to your mind and exercise: can exercise buffer the effects of stressful life events?

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In his debut blog, Justin Chapman reviews a longitudinal study which finds that exercising can buffer against depression after stressful life events.

Justin is live blogging for The Mental Elf at #EquallyWellAu23 this week, alongside Elf Coordinator Laura Hemming who is on live tweeting duties.

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What’s the relationship between occupational physical activity, workplace stress and depression?

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In her debut blog, Olga Lainidi summarises a study of Brazilian workers, which finds that occupational physical activity is linked to both workplace stress and depression.

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Physical activity can help anxious young people, but can it treat youth anxiety?

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In her debut blog, Francesca Zecchinato explores a recent systematic review which finds that physical activity may help address anxiety symptoms in children and young people, but more research is needed to confirm it is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety disorders.

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The 4M model for promoting student mental health: mindfulness, movement, meaning and moderator-based interventions

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In her debut blog, Snigdha Dutta explores the 4M model for promoting university student mental health, explored by a recent systematic review which suggests that a combination of mindfulness, movement, meaning, and moderator-based interventions may help.

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Exercise can help reduce depressive symptoms in people who are not clinically depressed

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Ross Nedoma summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis exploring the effectiveness of exercise-based interventions in reducing depressive symptoms in people without clinical depression.

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Maudsley guidelines for physical health

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“There are many other ways to get our patients better than prescribing and talking.”

Shuichi Suetani reviews a recently published textbook: The Maudsley Practice Guidelines for Physical Health Conditions in Psychiatry.

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Group physical activity for people with severe mental illness: from inactivity to engagement

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A group of MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences students at UCL Psychiatry summarise a systematic review on the experience of initiating community-based group physical activity by people with serious mental illness.

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