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Background: COVID-19-related confinements pose a threat to mental health. We investigated prevalence rates of symptoms of depression, generalized anxiety and insomnia in German adults. Furthermore, we explored associations of exercise behavior with disorder-specific symptoms and assessed whether specific affect regulation skills enhance the effect...
Background Mental disorders are prevalent and cause considerable burden of disease. Exercise has been shown to be efficacious to treat major depressive disorders, insomnia, panic disorder with and without agoraphobia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Methods This pragmatic, two arm, multi-site randomised controlled trial will evaluate the...
Introduction: Social distancing and quarantine measures applied during the COVID-19 pandemic might result in mental health problems. In this cross-sectional study we examined if perceived social support, exercise in minutes per week and change in exercise are protective factors regarding symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorders. Meth...
Since the outbreak of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) in December 2019, protective measures have been established worldwide to contain COVID-19. A current review reports negative consequences on various psychosocial parameters caused by quarantine, such as emotional imbalance, flattened mood, depressive symptoms, sleep disorders, or posttraumatic stress symptoms. Initial studies show that measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic (travel restrictions, contact reduction through "social distancing", quarantine, lockdown) are also associated with strong negative psychological effects such as increased anxiety symptoms , depressive symptoms, stress and moderate to severe psychological strain. Numerous studies show preventive effects of exercise and social support social support on the symptoms of mental illness associated with said measures. In order to be able to use the preventive effect of exercise in emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the preventive effect of exercise on psychological variables during the pandemic needs to be investigated. We address this gap by conducting a longitudinal questionnaire-based survey, that assesses the preventive effects of regular exercise before social distancing as well as the effects of the change in exercise activity during the protective measures on affect and psychopathological symptoms at three time points: during ongoing full protective measures, after loosening of the regulations and after return to the initial state. Goal is using the obtained findings to develop online courses implementing preventive measures.