We are recruiting participants (male & female) to examine the effects of moderate vs. high intensity aerobic exercise ("cardio"), preformed 3 times a week for 12 weeks under supervised conditions, on clinical symptoms, cognitive functioning (i.e. attention & memory) and brain activity in youth and young adults with depression. Brain function will be assessed by way of brain electrical activity (called EEG) and brain imaging (using fMRI) to better understand the neural underpinnings related to outcomes.
Age range: 16-24 years of age
Individuals ARE eligible if they are:
• Currently experiencing symptoms of depression;
• Free of pharmacotherapy (i.e. antidepressant medication) for >5 weeks;
• Not currently engaging in regular moderate or vigorous intensity exercise
Individuals ARE NOT eligible if they:
• Have a primary mental health disorder that is not depression (anxiety permitted);
• Have current or lifetime history of serious medical or neurological conditions;
• Have had head trauma and/or loss of consciousness for >5 min;
• Are currently taking psychoactive drugs (occasional use of anti-anxiety medication permitted);
• Are regular users of nicotine products
• Currently pregnant or breastfeeding
All testing and exercise will take place at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Compensation will be provided. You may also experience benefits to your physical & mental health.
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This study has been approved by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre's Research Ethics Board (#2018025).
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