To treat depression, there is rock climbing therapy

ng academic circles that exercise has a significant effect on improving depressive symptoms. According to the American Psychological Association, physical activity itself is "a cost-effective treatment for depression," so which exercises are appropriate? Many studies have shown that "therapeutic rock climbing" may play a role in reversing depression.

Research results published by psychologists at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and published in "BMC-Psychiatry" show that patients who participated in rock climbing activities once a week for 8 weeks felt that their depressive symptoms were reduced immediately after the course. When the researchers followed up 12 months later, the participants reported that they did feel less depressed. The results of a small study published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology by psychiatrists at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany also showed that climbing therapy was equally effective for people with depression compared with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Rock climbing is more effective than solitary exercise such as walking or hiking when treating depression for several reasons: 1. Therapeutic rock climbing is generally guided by a mental health professional and combines physical activity with other psychotherapeutic modalities. , play a synergistic effect; 2. Rock climbing is often used as a group therapy to help reduce patients’ sense of isolation; 3. Rock climbing helps enhance problem-solving skills; 4. The sense of conquest increases patients’ confidence; 5. Able to Allow patients to actually complete a challenging task and gain spiritual rewards and hope. These factors can all help break negative thinking patterns associated with depression.

However, it should be noted that current research is not enough to prove that rock climbing therapy alone can cure depression. It usually needs to be combined with other psychological therapies. Furthermore, the therapy did not significantly improve anxiety. Therefore, it is recommended that patients in need perform therapeutic rock climbing under the guidance of a psychologist after a doctor's evaluation, and do not rush to climb alone to improve mental illness.

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