SMU Anxiety Research and Treatment Program

Dallas Morning News: Get back into shape by teaming up with a workout group

groupNIA_2.jpgJournalist Leslie Garcia Barker interviewed SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits for an article on exercise in the Dallas Morning News.

The August 26 article, Get back into shape by teaming up with a workout group, quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on the benefits of a buddy system for motivating people to exercise. Continue reading

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SMU Daily Campus: Study suggests exercise helps anxiety

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SMU student journalist Bethany Suba has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits for The Daily Campus.

The August 24 article, Study suggests exercise helps anxiety, quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against panic for those who are at risk. Continue reading

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mlive.com: For Grand Rapids therapists, exercise and counseling promote well being

panic-300x199.jpgPersonal health journalist Paul R. Kopenkoskey has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits for the online news site mlive.com of the Grand Rapids Press.

The Aug. 1 article, For Grand Rapids therapists, exercise and counseling promote well being, quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against panic for those who are at risk. Continue reading

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Men’s Health: Stay Calm through Any Challenge

panic-300x199.jpgPersonal health journalist Andrew Katz has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits in the popular magazine Men’s Health.

The July 25 article, Stay Calm through Any Challenge, quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against panic for those who are at risk. Continue reading

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Regular exercise may help prevent the development of panic and related disorders

Runners-400x300-lo-res.jpgRegular exercise may help prevent the development of panic and related disorders, a new SMU study suggests.

People with intense fear of the nausea, racing heart, dizziness and shortness of breath that accompany panic — known as “high anxiety sensitivity” — reacted with less anxiety to a panic-inducing stressor if they are normally physical active, says SMU psychologist Jasper Smits. Continue reading

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Daily Telegraph highlights SMU’s Jasper Smits on exercise and mental health

Exercies%20for%20anxiety%2C%20swimmer%2C%20150.jpgThe Daily Telegraph has taken note of the research of SMU psychologist Jasper Smits, who co-authored a book detailing how exercise can provide relief for people who struggle with depression and anxiety disorders.
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Study: Exercise should be prescribed more often for depression, anxiety

Exercise%20Rx%20anxiety%2C%20running%2C%20400.jpgExercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, according to researchers who analyzed numerous studies, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers.

“Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health,” says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “The more therapists who are trained in exercise therapy, the better off patients will be.”
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