I have been diagnosed with Depression and ADHD. I was given this diagnosis just a few weeks back. I’ve been suffering from depression on and off for say…around a decade.
I’m on meds- for depression I take Escilatopram Oxalate 10 mg. For ADHD I’m on an Indian generic version of Ritalin. (I live in India.)
About depression- all the articles I’ve found on the web seem to suggest that exercise is a very good anti-depressant. Stuff like walking, steady state aerobics for 20-30 minutes a session 3-5 times/week is generally recommended.
Are aerobics the only way to go as far as
depression is concerned? I find them downright boring and am afraid this’ll bring on more boredom triggering more depression rather than help me.
What about lifting for depression? I couldn’t find anything on the net. For weight training I use Pavel Tsatsoulines methods. The problem is that Pavel methods don’t trigger an emotional release in the gym. He recommends not working to failure, treating every rep as a practice etc. But emotionally I just want to explode with the weights, going to failure and beyond.
Also I have Sciatica, right knee problem and a few ‘dysfunctions’- like one part too tight, strength asymmetry etc. I use dynamic stretching, mobility drills etc. Hence I have to use Pavels methods and concentrate mostly on exercise execution.
I started lifting weights a fortnight ago.
In a nutshell I just want to know this:
1.what is the best form of exercise for depression? Steady state aerobics, HIIT, liftin weights etc…
2.For weight training I want the safety of pavels methods but yet I want to go to failure and beyond. Hell! I dont care if I overtrain as long as it helps my brain.
I want to exercise everyday. Its a part of setting proper habits. Its a part of my therapy- setting proper habits, things I do everyday etc etc.
So guys, any advice? Anything will be helpful. Thanks to everyone who checks out this thread.