One of my patients came in this week in full workout gear, having biked from his home to my office. He smiled and relayed a message he got from a friend who is a psychiatrist: Instead of taking an SSRI-antidepressant, he recommended working out three times a week.
The effects, said the specialist, would be the same in cases of mild to moderate anxiety and depression.
The message concurs with a recent New York Times article about how to motivate people to exercise. Most of us know first hand that the threats of weight gain and heart disease don’t do much to get us moving.
But as soon as mental health and happiness is addressed, people seem to pay attention.