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Can Exercise Help Manage Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

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When you increase your activity, you increase your mood and perceived energy, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This is especially true for people with bipolar disorder. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is your MedCircle Weekly News.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program, found that “increases in physical activity tended to be followed by increases in mood and perceived energy level” - especially for those with bipolar I disorder.

The study used electronic diaries and activity trackers with 242 participants, 54 of which had bipolar disorder. The study reports that better mood and increased energy came after points of higher activity levels.

The study also looked at sleep durations explaining, “Activity was inversely associated with sleep duration—more activity tended to be followed by less sleep that night, and more sleep tended to be followed by less activity the next day.”

Researchers hope these findings can be used to offset depressive episodes in people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Roughly 3% of the adult population in the United States is diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

For more information on bipolar disorder, be on the lookout for our upcoming original series on the topic with leading expert Dr. Domenick Sportelli. I’m Kyle Kittleson and remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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