Effects of physical activity on recovery, well-being and motivation among individuals with early psychosis

Poster B52, Tuesday, October 9, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Essex Ballroom

Douglas Noordsy1, Brenda Gonzales-Flores2; 1Stanford University School of Medicine, 2Palo Alto University

Physical activity has been correlated with risk for psychotic disorders and with symptom severity and brain volume changes among people with psychotic disorders. In this study, we are recruiting 60 individuals from our early psychosis program to rate their physical activity over the prior week on the SIMPAQ and their beliefs about exercise using the BREQ-2. Participants also rate their well-being using the MHC-SF, degree of recovery using the Recovery Assessment Scale and motivation using the Intrinsic Motivation Scale. Participants then rate their current mental state before & after home physical exercise or passive activity using the Subjective Exercise Experiences Scale and Stanford Current State Scale. Participants who have engaged in physical exercise >30 minutes at least 3x in prior week rate before & after their next 3 consecutive physical exercise sessions, and all others rate their next 3 consecutive sessions of video gaming. We collect medication and laboratory data by chart review. We hypothesize: 1) Motivational factors for exercise will increase linearly with greater reported physical activity 2) Higher levels of exercise will correlate with higher levels of recovery and well-being 3) Higher levels of exercise will correlate with lower antipsychotic dose, fewer medications and better metabolic status 4) Physical exercise will be associated with greater improvement in symptoms and greater motivation versus video gaming 5) The effects of physical exercise on symptoms will last 24-36 hours before reverting to baseline levels

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