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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 13, 2011

 

For people at risk of panic, performance of regular, high-level exercise may be the tonic that can help to reduce anxiety.

 

In a new study, scientists found that people with “high anxiety sensitivity” — an intense fear of the nausea, racing heart, dizziness, stomach aches and shortness of breath that accompany panic — reacted with less anxiety to a panic-inducing stressor if they had been engaging in high levels of physical activity.

 

“Anxiety sensitivity is an established risk factor for the development of panic and related disorders,” said psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits of Southern Methodist University, lead author on the research.

 

“This study suggests that this risk factor may be less influential among persons who routinely engage in high levels of physical activity.”

 

Prior findings have documented the benefits of exercise among people who suffer from depression and anxiety.

 

“We’re not suggesting, ‘Exercise instead of pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy,’” Smits said. “Exercise is a useful alternative, particularly for those without access to traditional treatments. Primary care physicians already prescribe exercise for general health, so exercise may have the advantage of helping reach more people in need of treatment for depression and anxiety.”

 

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http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/07/13/intense-exercise-helps-combat-panic-anxiety/27693.html



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