Exercise-Based Interventions for Mental Illness

Exercise-Based Interventions for Mental Illness

Physical Activity as Part of Clinical Treatment

1st Edition - August 21, 2018

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  • Authors: Brendon Stubbs, Simon Rosenbaum
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126066
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126059

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Exercise-Based Interventions for People with Mental Illness: A Clinical Guide to Physical Activity as Part of Treatment provides clinicians with detailed, practical strategies for developing, implementing and evaluating physical activity-based interventions for people with mental illness. The book covers exercise strategies specifically tailored for common mental illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and more. Each chapter presents an overview of the basic psychopathology of each illness, a justification and rationale for using a physical activity intervention, an overview of the evidence base, and clear and concise instructions on practical implementation. In addition, the book covers the use of mobile technology to increase physical activity in people with mental illness, discusses exercise programming for inpatients, and presents behavioral and psychological approaches to maximize exercise interventions. Final sections provide practical strategies to both implement and evaluate physical activity interventions.

Key Features

  • Covers interventions for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, alcohol use disorder, and more
  • Provides the evidence base for exercise as an effective treatment for mental illness
  • Demonstrates how to use mobile technology to increase physical activity in people with mental illness
  • Features practical strategies for implementation and assessment
  • Covers treatment approaches for patients of all ages


Clinical psychologists working with mentally ill patients; academic researchers working in this area; graduate students

Table of Contents

  • 1. Exercise for the prevention and treatment of depression
    2. Exercise for the Management of Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders
    3. Bipolar Disorder and Physical Activity
    4. Schizophrenia and Exercise
    5. Exercise for the treatment of alcohol use disorders
    6. Sedentary Behavior and Mental Illness
    7. Exercise for Older People with Mental Illness
    8. Exercise for adolescents and young people with mental illness
    9. Eating disorders and exercise, a challenge
    10. Behavioural and psychological approaches in exercise-based interventions in severe mental illness
    11. Exercise interventions in secure and forensic services
    12. mHealth and physical activity interventions among people with mental illness
    13. Integration of the Exercise Professional within the Mental Health Multidisciplinary Team
    14. Integrating Physical Activity into Routine Medical Care: The Physician’s Perspective
    15. Overview of mechanisms of action of exercise in psychiatric disorders and future directions for research
    16. Research and evaluation in exercise and mental health
    17. Research to Practice: Case Studies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 374
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: August 21, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126066
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126059

About the Authors

Brendon Stubbs

Dr Brendon Stubbs is a clinical-academic physiotherapist specialising in mental health. Dr Stubbs has over 15 years clinical experience and has published over 300 international academic papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, United Kingdom and Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom

Simon Rosenbaum

Dr Simon Rosenbaum is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with extensive clinical experience designing, delivering and evaluating physical activity programs for people with mental illness.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and The Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia

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  • FranRonan Wed Nov 27 2019

    Exercise- based interventions for mental Illness

    Excellent well wrtten book, which highlights the need for exercise practioners in Community health care settings. It covers all aspects of ho exercise can improve the many diferrent and complex conditions of these defined issues.