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Exercise 'can help treat depression'

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Exercise is one way of tackling the symptoms of depression.

This is according to Catherine Tsiboukas, vice-chair of Journeys Toward Recovery, who suggested that exercise is a useful tool in dealing with the mental health problem.

However, she noted that it generally needs to be used "as part of a broader management programme" and urged people to contact their therapist or doctor in order develop a mental health care plan for themselves.

She added: "Depression is a serious and potentially disabling condition that can be treated through a mix of medication, self-help and/or therapy."

The comments come after research from Yale University revealed that a certain gene appears to be a key contributor to the onset of depression.

Scientists hope to have a promising target for a new class of antidepressants by identifying the gene, Nature Medicine revealed.

Ms Tsiboukas added that everybody is different and there is not one magic cure to deal with depression.

Depression treatment news : 22 October 2010