Physical Exercise, Stressful Life Experience, and Depression in Adults with Epilepsy

David L. Roth, Kathryn T. Goode, Valerie L. Williams, Edward Faught

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Summary: Adults with epilepsy completed self‐report measures of exercise participation, barriers to exercise, stressful life experience, depression, and general psycho‐social adjustment (n=133) as part of routine outpatient visits. Descriptive statistics showed lower levels of depression among patients who exercised regularly. Structural equation analyses confirmed the fit of a path model that included significant direct effects of exercise and stressful life experience on depression. These effects were independent of each other, and independent of the influence of other predictor variables, such as seizure frequency, age, and gender. Stressful life experience also had a direct unique effect on seizure frequency in the multivariate models. These results suggest that problems with depression, which are common in adults with epilepsy, are significantly lower among those who exercise regularly and avoid stressful life change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1248-1255
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Physical exercise
  • Psychosocial adjustment
  • Stressful life events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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