Effect of aerobic exercises on depressive symptoms, anxiety, self-esteem, and quality of life among adults with depression

Rao, Udatha Thirupathi and Noronha, Judith Angelitta and Adiga, Kasturi (2020) Effect of aerobic exercises on depressive symptoms, anxiety, self-esteem, and quality of life among adults with depression. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health, 8 (4). pp. 1147-1151. ISSN 2213-3984

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Abstract

Depression impacts on daily living activities of depressive patients. Patients suffering with mental disorders also show impairment in their Quality of life.Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of aerobic exercises on depressive symptoms, anxiety, self-esteem, and quality of life among adults suffering from depression.Methods: Participants (N = 80) were assigned to the experimental group (40), received the aerobic exercises along with medication and control group (40), received the medication only. The intervention was carried out over a period of 8 weeks with the intervention group performing the exercise for 3 days a week.Results: The mean age of the experimental group 40.0 ± 10.18 and control group is 43.63 ± 11.86 respectively.Significant reduction was seen in the depressive symptoms and anxiety when in intervention group when compared to control group using independent t-test. The study also showed improvement in the self-esteem and overall quality of life scores and specifically significant improvement was seen in the area of psychological,social and environmental domain as measured by WHO QOL scale.Conclusion: The study concludes that exercise had definitely helped in reducing the depressive symptoms, anxiety and improved the self-esteem and quality of life of patients with depression. The study was found to be cost-effective and feasible to be made as a routine intervention along with medication for patients to manage depressive symptoms

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerobic exercise; Depression; Anxiety; Self-esteem and quality of life
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 05:40
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 05:40
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156220

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