A 24-year-old woman with symptoms of major depressive disorder and anxiety had been treated for the condition since the age of 17. Symptoms were resistant to fluoxetine and then citalopram. Following the birth of her daughter, she wanted to be medication-free and symptom-free. A programme of weekly open (cold) water swimming was trialled. This led to an immediate improvement in mood following each swim and a sustained and gradual reduction in symptoms of depression, and consequently a reduction in, and then cessation of, medication. On follow-up a year later, she remains medication-free.
|Journal||BMJ Case Reports|
|Early online date||21 Aug 2018|
|Publication status||Early online - 21 Aug 2018|
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Van Tulleken, C. (Creator), Tipton, M. (Creator), Massey, H. (Creator) & Harper, C. M. (Creator), BMJ Publishing Group, 21 Aug 2018
Cold water swimming and mental health
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