Depression is one of the most common complications for patients with chronic illnesses like heart disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. A chronic illness often introduces major life changes that restrict a person’s mobility, independence and ability to enjoy and participate in regular activities. A physical therapist is trained to identify and address symptoms of depression in patients with these life-altering diseases.
According to an Archives of Internal Medicine review article, exercise can reduce depressive symptoms in patients with chronic illnesses. Based on the authors’ findings, the article concluded that “patients with depressive symptoms indicative of mild-to-moderate depression and for whom exercise training improves function-related outcomes achieve the largest antidepressant effects.”Read More