Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Julie Solberg


Exercise; Mood disorders; SSRI Therapies


It is well known that exercise is an underutilized part of medical care and counseling that is recommended to patients. It is also estimated that roughly 21.4% of the general population will experience a mood disorder in their lifetime (Kessler, 2005). These two components together indicate a strong need to determine the effect that exercise will have on a significant patient population that is encountered in the primary care setting. The purpose of this paper is to look at the comprehensive amount of literature regarding exercise and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) therapies in patients with mood disorders to determine if dual therapy is better than a monotherapy SSRI regimen. By looking at this information, the determination can be made of how important consistent weekly exercise routines are in patients with mood disorders and better enhance the quality of life in these patients.