Category Archives: Mental Health

Running’s Effect on Depression

In a 2005 study entitled, “Running has Differential Effects on NPY, Opiates, and Cell Proliferation in an Animal Model of Depression and Controls”, published in the journal, Neuropsychopharmacology (2006), evidence was gleaned reinforcing the hypothesis that running helps in the … Continue reading

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Spark by John Ratey, M.D.

Another book recommendation:  Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey, M.D.  Dr. Ratey is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  In this book, he discusses the remarkable new research that … Continue reading

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Request for Interviews

John and I are working on a book dealing with the positive effects of running on the treatment of addiction.  As part of the book, we are interviewing runners who have dealt with addictions and have used running as part … Continue reading

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Race Reports from John

Here are some race reports from John.   http://blog.rockcreek.com/archives/rockcreek-race-team-member-john-brower-on-a-pair-of-100-milers.html

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The Healing Force of Running with Friends

This past weekend, I participated in the Rock Creek Stump Jump Trail Race on Signal Mountain, TN.  I was reminded of just how healing it is to be with a group of really good friends doing what we all love … Continue reading

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Running from Addiction

Recently, I published a short article in the online magazine mindbodygreen.com about the use of running in the treatment of addiction.  Here is the link to Why Running Helps with Addiction. 

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Runner’s High

We all are familiar with the much sought after runner’s high.  For many years we have explained this high in terms of the release of endorphins, our natural opiates, to explain the phenomena while running.  I have actually had this … Continue reading

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Running Ransom Road by Caleb Daniloff

Periodically, I would like to recommend a book related to the issues we are discussing here.  Today, it’s Running Ransom Road by Caleb Daniloff.  Caleb tells his compelling personal story of growing up in a family where his father was … Continue reading

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Neurogenesis and Running

One of the most interesting bits of research that I have come across lately comes from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The paper is entitled, Running Enhances Neurogenesis, Learning, and Long-term Potentiation.  You may be like me.  I … Continue reading

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Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to Running to Mental Health.  The title says it all.  This is a site devoted to a discussion of the effect of running on all mental health issues.  I am a counselor in private practice and a long time … Continue reading

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