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Diet And Exercise Counseling

Individuals with serious mental illness are at higher risk of a wide array of medical conditions. Mortality rates are at least double the rate than in the general population, with higher levels of cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, diabetes and respiratory illness. While genetics may play a role in the physical health problems of these individuals, lifestyle and environmental factors such as smoking, obesity, poor diet and low levels of physical activity are significant contributing factors. The estimated U.S. costs for mental disorders exceed $200 billion a year.

Substance abuse can wreak havoc on every part of the body and lead to several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, gastrointestinal disease, liver damage, infertility, seizures, HIV/AIDS and death. It can also exacerbate co-occurring mental illness or cause depression, anxiety, memory loss, aggression, mood swings, paranoia and psychosis. The estimated annual economic impact of alcohol abuse is $249 billion and $193 billion for illicit drug use.

The high costs of substance abuse and mental illness necessitate the integration of simple, innovative cost-effective strategies into the rehabilitation process. Exercise provides a double benefit in the context of substance abuse. Regular exercise reduces the risk of substance abuse and helps reduce the cravings associated with addiction recovery.

Types of Exercise

Exercise therapy is offered as a complementary therapy at many treatment facilities along with standard therapeutic approaches including psychotherapy and pharmacological interventions. Depending on the facility and unique needs of the individual, structured exercise programs may include the following:

– Yoga
– Martial arts
– Horseback riding
– Walking
– Swimming
– Running
– Weight training

Exercise and Mental Health

Physical fitness can help rid the body of stress, tension and illness by restoring an immune system impaired by depression and anxiety disorders. On a neurochemical and physiological level, a number of acute changes occur during and after exercise. For example, exercise normalizes reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, delivering neuroprotective effects. Animal and human studies show exercise-induced changes in the mood neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and endorphins and positive effects on stress reactivity.

The physical benefits of moderate aerobic and strength-building exercise are well documented in countless studies in the general population. A growing body of literature demonstrates physical exercise is correlated with favorable mental health outcomes. U.S. studies found regular physical activity was associated with a statistically lower prevalence of major depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia and specific phobia. A four-year prospective study revealed physical activity decreased the incidence rates of depressive and anxiety disorders in older adults. A recent meta-analysis reiterated prior studies indicating exercise affects neurotransmitters in the brain. In depressed individuals, exercise helped re-establish positive behaviors. The same study found exercise reduced fears and related bodily sensations including racing heart and rapid breathing in people with anxiety disorders.

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Individuals with serious mental illness are at higher risk of a wide array of medical conditions. Mortality rates are at least double the rate than in the general population, with higher levels of cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, diabetes and respiratory illness. While genetics may play a role in the physical health problems of these individuals, lifestyle and environmental factors such as smoking, obesity, poor diet and low levels of physical activity are significant contributing factors. The estimated U.S. costs for mental disorders exceed $200 billion a year.

Substance abuse can wreak havoc on every part of the body and lead to several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, gastrointestinal disease, liver damage, infertility, seizures, HIV/AIDS and death. It can also exacerbate co-occurring mental illness or cause depression, anxiety, memory loss, aggression, mood swings, paranoia and psychosis. The estimated annual economic impact of alcohol abuse is $249 billion and $193 billion for illicit drug use.

The high costs of substance abuse and mental illness necessitate the integration of simple, innovative cost-effective strategies into the rehabilitation process. Exercise provides a double benefit in the context of substance abuse. Regular exercise reduces the risk of substance abuse and helps reduce the cravings associated with addiction recovery.

Types of Exercise

Exercise therapy is offered as a complementary therapy at many treatment facilities along with standard therapeutic approaches including psychotherapy and pharmacological interventions. Depending on the facility and unique needs of the individual, structured exercise programs may include the following:

– Yoga
– Martial arts
– Horseback riding
– Walking
– Swimming
– Running
– Weight training

Exercise and Mental Health

Physical fitness can help rid the body of stress, tension and illness by restoring an immune system impaired by depression and anxiety disorders. On a neurochemical and physiological level, a number of acute changes occur during and after exercise. For example, exercise normalizes reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, delivering neuroprotective effects. Animal and human studies show exercise-induced changes in the mood neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and endorphins and positive effects on stress reactivity.

The physical benefits of moderate aerobic and strength-building exercise are well documented in countless studies in the general population. A growing body of literature demonstrates physical exercise is correlated with favorable mental health outcomes. U.S. studies found regular physical activity was associated with a statistically lower prevalence of major depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia and specific phobia. A four-year prospective study revealed physical activity decreased the incidence rates of depressive and anxiety disorders in older adults. A recent meta-analysis reiterated prior studies indicating exercise affects neurotransmitters in the brain. In depressed individuals, exercise helped re-establish positive behaviors. The same study found exercise reduced fears and related bodily sensations including racing heart and rapid breathing in people with anxiety disorders.

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