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Moving to beat anxiety: epidemiology and therapeutic issues with physical activity for anxiety

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dc.contributor.author Kandola, Aaron
dc.contributor.author Vancampfort, Davy
dc.contributor.author Herring, Matthew P.
dc.contributor.author Rebar, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Hallgren, Mats
dc.contributor.author Firth, Joseph
dc.contributor.author Stubbs, Brendon
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-22T10:20:44Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-22T10:20:44Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7087
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose of Review The purpose of this paper was to provide a comprehensive narrative review of the relationship between physical activity (PA) and anxiety and the rationale for including it as a treatment option for anxiety disorders. Several gaps in the literature are highlighted alongside recommendations for future research. Recent Findings PA in the general population has established efficacy in preventing and managing cardiovascular disease and improving wellbeing. Recent epidemiological data further suggests that people who are more active may be less likely to have anxiety disorders. In addition, evidence from systematic reviews of randomised control trials suggests that exercise training, a subset of PA, can reduce symptoms in anxiety and stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia and panic disorder. Summary Anxiety disorders are common, burdensome and costly to individuals and wider society. In addition to the profound negative impact on individuals’ wellbeing and functioning, they are associated with worsened physical health, including a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases and premature mortality. Although pharmacotherapy and psychological interventions are helpful for many, these treatment approaches are not effective for everyone and are insufficient to address common physical health complications, such as the elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. Given the combined anxiolytic and physical health benefits of increased activity, PA presents a promising additional treatment option for people with anxiety disorders. However, there remain key gaps in the literature regarding the mechanisms underlying the effects of PA, optimal PA protocols, methods of improving adherence and the importance of physical fitness. These must be addressed for PA to be successfully implemented in mental health services. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Current Psychiatry Reports;20:63
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-018-0923-x
dc.subject exercise en_US
dc.subject fitness en_US
dc.subject depression en_US
dc.subject cardiovascular disease en_US
dc.subject stress en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.title Moving to beat anxiety: epidemiology and therapeutic issues with physical activity for anxiety en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11920-018-0923-x
dc.contributor.sponsor National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2863121


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