The online news posting service ScienceofUs.com posted Exercising in Nature May Hold Unique Benefits for the Depressed on 7-21-16. This brief article summarizes the emerging trend of research findings that supports the benefits of activity, and exercise, for people with depression, and goes on to report about a unique study that found that exercising outdoors is more beneficial than exercising indoors.

mhconcierge’s take: while this is a small study, with only 14 participants, it does provide at least a small amount of empirical support for the intuitive understanding that the emerging “usual and customary” treatment plan for depression should include encouraging patients to be more active and to get out into nature. Of course, sometimes some of the best things to do are the hardest things for people with depression.

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