The Exercise Effect on Mental Health contains the most recent and thorough overview of the links between exercise and mental health, and the underlying mechanisms of the brain. The text will enhance interested clinicians’ and researchers’ understanding of the neurobiological effect of exercise on mental health. Editors Budde and Wegner have compiled a comprehensive review of the ways in which physical activity impacts the neurobiological mechanisms of the most common psychological and psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This text presents a rigorously evidence-based case for exercise as an inexpensive, time-saving, and highly effective treatment for those suffering from mental illness and distress.

part 1|110 pages

The Benefits of Exercise – a Theoretical Introduction (Mechanisms)

chapter 1|27 pages

Epidemiology of Common Mental Disorders

ByRobert Kohn

chapter 2|37 pages

Neurobiological Changes as an Explanation of Benefits of Exercise

ByTerry McMorris, Jo Corbett

chapter 3|33 pages

Causality in the Associations Between Exercise, Personality, and Mental Health

ByMarleen De Moor, Eco de Geus

chapter 4|11 pages

Treating Depression with Exercise

An Immune Perspective
ByAderbal Silva Aguiar, Alexandra Latini

part 2|58 pages

Age-Related Effects of Exercise on Mental Health

chapter 5|25 pages

The Exercise Effect on Mental Health in Children and Adolescents

ByMirko Wegner, Henning Budde

chapter 6|31 pages

The Exercise Effect on Mental Health in Older Adults

ByInna Bragina, Claudia Niemann, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage

part 3|78 pages

Exercise Effects in Cognition and Motor Learning

chapter 7|17 pages

Physical Exercise and Cognitive Enhancement

ByDavid Moreau

chapter 8|37 pages

Exercise-Induced Improvement in Motor Learning

ByNico Lehmann, Marco Taubert

chapter 9|22 pages

Exercise Effects in Cognition and Motor Learning

ByMegan Herting

part 4|162 pages

Sport vs. Exercise and Their Effects on Emotions and Psychological Diseases

chapter 10|28 pages

Exercise in the Prevention, Treatment, and Management of Addictive Substance Use

ByAdrian Taylor, Tom Thompson

chapter 11|35 pages

Morbid Exercise Behavior

Addiction or Psychological Escape? *
ByAttila Szabo, Zsolt Demetrovics, Mark D. Griffiths

chapter 12|22 pages

Aerobic Exercise in People with Schizophrenia

From Efficacy to Effectiveness
ByDavy Vancampfort, Simon Rosenbaum, Michel Probst, Brendon Stubbs

chapter 13|24 pages

Exercise and Anxiety Disorders

ByJennifer Mumm, Sophie Bischoff, Andreas Ströhle

chapter 14|22 pages

Exercise and ADHD

Implications for Treatment
ByLorna McWilliams

chapter 15|29 pages

Can Physical Activity Prevent or Treat Clinical Depression? 1

ByNanette Mutrie, Katie Richards, Stephen Lawrie, Gillian Mead

part 5|94 pages

Implications for the Health Sector and School

chapter 16|31 pages

Prescribing Exercise for Mental Health

Mode and Dose-Response Considerations
ByBrandon L. Alderman, Ryan L. Olson

chapter 17|35 pages

Acute vs. Chronic Effects of Exercise on Mental Health

BySteven J. Petruzzello, Daniel R. Greene, Annmarie Chizewski, Kathryn M. Rougeau, Tina A. Greenlee

chapter 18|26 pages

Can Physical Activity Prevent Mental Illness?

ByViviane Grassmann, George Mammen, Guy Faulkner