I don’t recall seeing the original study or press release on the relationship between exercise and depression. Given the links between cancer and depression, and my personal view that exercise is one way ‘to do something’ and exercise control, thought worth posting.
This post tends to skewer that study and its reporting pretty convincingly. Quote:
The fact is, this study does not show that exercise has no effect on depression. It shows that this specific intervention, having someone encourage you to exercise, does not help depression. Not only that, it only shows that having someone encourage you to exercise doesn’t help depression scores on top of normal antidepressant treatment. But that sounds a lot less surprising and interesting, now doesn’t it.
What we need here is a better study. We need a trial where some receive therapy, some receive antidepressants, some receive exercise (and I’m talking someone being with you when you work out and meeting specific exercise goals that are readily measured and defined), and some receive combinations of these interventions. Then we’ll have something that I believe. This study? This doesn’t fit the bill.