Evaluation of physical activity habits in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder

Evaluation of physical activity habits in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder

Author Assis, Marcio Antonio de Google Scholar
Mello, Marcelo Feijó de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Scorza, Fulvio Alexandre Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Cadrobbi, Mariana Pupo Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Schooedl, Aline Ferii Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Silva, Sérgio Gomes da Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Albuquerque, Marly de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Silva, Antonio Carlos da Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Arida, Ricardo Mario Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes Núcleo de Pesquisas Tecnológicas Laboratório de Neurociências
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract OBJECTIVE: In this study, we present data from a survey that aimed to assess the physical activity habits of adult Brazilian patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. METHOD: Fifty male and female patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder participated in this study. The mean age at onset was 37±12 years, and the mean time between diagnosis and follow-up was 3.6±4.2 years. RESULTS: Substantial changes in physical activity habits were observed following the onset of PTSD. While more than half of the patients participated in physical activities prior to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder onset, there was a significant reduction in their participation afterwards. The justifications for stopping physical activities or sport participation were lack of time and lack of motivation. DISCUSSION: Several studies have shown that physical exercise decreases reverts symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and social isolation. We could therefore hypothesize that patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder who exercise should experience the same benefits. CONCLUSION: Our findings demonstrated that patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder have low levels of participation in sports or physical activities.
Keywords Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Exercise
Physical activity habits
Patient quality of life
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Date 2008-01-01
Published in Clinics. Faculdade de Medicina / USP, v. 63, n. 4, p. 473-478, 2008.
ISSN 1807-5932 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Faculdade de Medicina / USP
Extent 473-478
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1807-59322008000400010
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000258504600010
SciELO ID S1807-59322008000400010 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/4097

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