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Beat 6 psychological disorders with exercises like running and swimming

Overcome 6 psychological disorders such as depression, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Eating Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress – running and swimming help us beat them!

When a documentary photographer Martin Eberlan was diagnosed with ADHD also known as the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder hyperactivity disorder. He turned to running to control the impulses and the excessive thoughts. Martin as pictured below also described “having a long term relationship with running”. The running brought him effects like slowing him down and managing his life with more focus on the things of higher priorities in his life.

6 kinds of psychological disorders you can break with consistent exercise.

ADHD is one of the 6 kinds of psychological disorders, a common kind of mental disorder usually found in children and will continue on to adulthood. People diagnosed with ADHD usually find it difficult to control their anger and impulses. They may have a lot of difficulties trying to focus, pay attention and concentrate. This will in turn jeopardize his or her school and personal day to day living.

One photographer made a special compilation of all the runners and those who enjoy running, to find out how they had discovered their passion for running, doing regular exercise and swimming relates to previous experiences and their mental health.

After having met many fellow runners during his trips, he made up a photo series “Those Who Run”. Here is just a compilation of all the words and interviews to summarize everything and let us have a better understanding of how regular exercise help us in boosting both our mental and physical health.

Exercise helps people of all ages, it is a primitive and inexpensive method used from people since the ancient times for entertainment. It helps people to get in or stay in shape, this benefits now extend itself out to mental health as well.

1. Eating Disorder

Coralie Frost says she faced a choice between running, or being controlled by an eating disorder, for the rest of her life. She had been suffering from anorexia for 10 years.

Anorexia Nervosa is a kind of mental illness which involves the partial or total restraining of oneself from food (solids or liquids) because he or she will often make believe that any amount of food will cause weight gain. An anorexic often perceives herself or himself as ‘fat’ and has an severe fear of gaining weight. This is reflected in an unhealthy preoccupation with food and exercise, and sometimes purging through self-induced vomiting and laxative abuse.

One very dangerous condition associated with eating disorder will be the “diabulimia”. This condition only occurs to a small structure of populations and always forgotten by most people. These are the people contracted with diabetes and try to cut down and put off the insulin intakes to their body so as to better control their weight.

Diabetes is a condition when the insulin injection is critical and important to help people with diabetes maintain their survival, without it will lead to serious disastrous consequences.

Fortunately in Coralie Frost case she chose to run. In 2016, she write quite frequently on her blog about how running, swimming and regular exercising had helped her mental health. Through all the active lifestyle and quitting the sedentary one she used to have, she developed a new-found respect for her body.

She believes that sport – combined with therapy – can play a key role in alleviating mental health problems.

Coralie is now a member of Serpentine running club, where she is one of the mental health ambassadors. She often hosts a Run Chat, where club members can run with her while chatting through any worries they might have, in confidence.

She met her boyfriend while training for her first marathon, and hangs her race number in her living room to remember the time that her life was transformed through running and regular exercise.

2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Michelle Bavin started running, doing her swim work out in November 2016, starting slowly with a 5km run. Initially she started running without being able to break a minute, but that doesn’t stop her from trying and now she is enjoying the freedom from all her negative thought patterns.

 Michelle had struggled with a “very bad relationship with food” before she started running and mental health problems. She weighed just over 20 stone in January 2016.

With the help of a local support group and persistence she got rid of almost near to 9 stones.

Michelle can now comfortably complete 10km and run twice a week.

Running always gives her a sense of achievement, while concentrating on the breathing and music helps her forget all her worries and troubles.

She says afterwards, she feels “ready to take on the world”. Exercise done regularly does give you effect like this sometimes, so let’s go do it. Sweating out and start feeling all great to take on the world

Note: Each stone now equates to an amount of 14 pounds or 6.35kg

3. Depression

Paul Shepherd runs along the beach front and promenades near his home on the south coast of England listening to the sound of the water waves. Running around the water also gives him structure, frees his mind and gives him valuable time to himself, helping him to manage the depression he previously experienced.

In 2016, after a long stretch of night shifts and working long hours, Paul found himself sleep-deprived. This lasted for almost a year, leading to alcohol-filled weekends. He says this left him feeling depressed and suicidal.

Paul is thankful that the running then allows him to enjoy his time with his son. He says that life is all about putting one foot in front of the other – and that’s what he’s going to continue to do.

4. Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Beth Lackenby regularly jogs around her local parks in south London, using the activity to manage her anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Her OCD manifests itself in the form of intrusive thoughts, leading to guilt and anxiety. Running and swimming regularly helps her clear her mind and keep her OCD in control, and prevent anxiety from disrupting her life.

Obsessions is part of OCD which often exist only in the mind without much actions. They are intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urge that cause distress or anxiety. Compulsions are behaviors that the person feels compelled to perform in order to ease their distress or anxiety or suppress the thoughts.

5. Postnatal Depression and Anxiety

Karen Jones says ever since she took up running in 2005, she have never looked back.

During that time when she was 16 , Karen suffered from postnatal depression. Her health visitor suggested an exercise program might help her. Karen chose to run, as she lived in the countryside.

In 2006, she ran the London Marathon, raising money for a cancer charity in memory of her grandparents, who both died of the disease.

Not only did running help her overcome her depression, she found that the combination of healthy eating and exercise vastly improved her overall mental health and happiness.

She kept up the running for five years, until her marriage broke down and she found herself going back to work after being a stay-at-home mum for many years.

Faced with starting a new career at 44, Karen decided to embrace her love of exercise and trained to become a personal trainer. She now teaches people how to get fit, and help them overcome depression and anxiety gradually.

6. Post Traumatic Stress and Anxiety

Lucy Thraves says she couldn’t imagine her life without running, and recently ran the London Marathon. But her first foray into running wasn’t a positive experience.

While at university one morning, she headed out for a run and was hit by a car. She broke both her arms.

For weeks after the accident she found it increasingly difficult to leave the house, and began to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress and raised levels of anxiety. This gradually spiralled out of control, leading to insomnia, paranoia and a challenging relationship with food. It was then that she checked herself in to a mental health clinic.

With correct guidance and a combination of therapy, healthy eating, anti-depressants and a gradual growth in self-confidence Lucy was able to build up the strength to start running again.

Lucy says that running was never initially about getting “personal bests” – instead it was an activity that she took on to help her recovery.


“Staying healthy is hard work, disciplining oneself to do what is hard and difficult make us gain one realm of results that are denied everyone else”



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