Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Therapist Guide

Paperback | June 15, 2009

byJasper A. J. Smits, Michael W. Otto

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One of the best kept secrets in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders is the proven efficacy of a program of exercise, which has many benefits on mood, but has yet to be widely adopted as a therapeutic technique. This therapist guide provides guidance for care providers who want to applyexercise-based interventions to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. The interventions described can be applied in a variety of settings ranging from primary care to specialty care in the context of psychological, psychiatric, nursing, or social work settings. Treatment is organized around a weekly prescribed activity program, with an emphasis on teaching patientsstrategies for staying motivated and organized in order to ensure adherence to the program. In addition to the actual exercise prescription, treatment is directed toward helping individuals get the most out of exercise by programming post-exercise cognitive processing and exercise-friendlyactivities. Introductory chapters of this guide describe the intervention and how to initiate it with patients, while later chapters focus specifically on using exercise to combat depression, including bipolar disorder, as well as stress, worry, and panic. This manual provides an integrated approach toestablish exercise programs targeting mood and anxiety disorders and also provides useful cognitive and behavioral interventions designed to support these programs.

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One of the best kept secrets in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders is the proven efficacy of a program of exercise, which has many benefits on mood, but has yet to be widely adopted as a therapeutic technique. This therapist guide provides guidance for care providers who want to applyexercise-based interventions to the treatme...

Jasper A. J. Smits, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is an expert in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, and he has been at the forefront of research investigating both the mechanism and dissemination of succe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 6.81 × 9.8 × 0.39 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Information for Therapists2. Preparing for the Exercise Prescription3. The Exercise Prescription4. Exercise for Depressed Mood5. Exercise for Stress, Worry, and Panic6. Therapy IssuesQuick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (Clinician-Rated)Anxiety Sensitivity IndexReferencesAbout the Authors