From a New York Times–bestselling author and lifelong runner, a groundbreaking guide to fighting depression and anxiety one run at a time
Whether you’re a runner struggling with depression or anxiety or someone who is depressed and anxious looking for a scientifically supported way to improve your mental health, Running Is My Therapy is here to help. Longtime running writer Scott Douglas marshals cutting-edge science, anecdote, and expert advice to show how running can reduce depression and anxiety and boost the mind. You’ll learn how running affects the brain and about options for combining running with different kinds of mental health treatments, from cognitive behavioral therapy to antidepressants and more, as well as how running can lead to a more fulfilling life by encouraging social connections, healthier habits, a sense of purpose, or even decreasing use of controlled substances.
From proper pace and distances to choosing optimal surroundings and personal routines, Douglas provides proven methods that have helped him and others battle depression and anxiety, improve mental health, and live happier—both while running and while enjoying the rest of life.
—Sepideh Saremi, LCSW, founder of Run Walk Talk therapy
“Scott describes depression as if he were in my own head. Through personal experience and scientific research, he expertly addresses how depression uniquely impacts each one of us, and he inspires readers to harness the mental-health benefits of running to make it out the front door.”
—Rob Krar, two-time Western States Endurance Run champion, founder, Rob Krar Ultra Camp