Journal article

Habitual physical activity and the risk for depressive and anxiety disorders among older men and women

Julie A Pasco, Lana J Williams, Felice N Jacka, Margaret J Henry, Carolyn E Coulson, Sharon L Brennan, Eva Leslie, Geoffrey C Nicholson, Mark A Kotowicz, Michael Berk

International Psychogeriatrics | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2011


BACKGROUND: Regular physical activity is generally associated with psychological well-being, although there are relatively few prospective studies in older adults. We investigated habitual physical activity as a risk factor for de novo depressive and anxiety disorders in older men and women from the general population. METHODS: In this nested case-control study, subjects aged 60 years or more were identified from randomly selected cohorts being followed prospectively in the Geelong Osteoporosis Study. Cases were individuals with incident depressive or anxiety disorders, diagnosed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR (SCID-I/NP); controls had no history of these disorders. Ha..

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