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Physical activities and their importance to the health of people with severe mental illness in Sweden
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, Vol. 33, no 10, 676-679 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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It is well known that people with severe mental illness often suffer from constant fatigue, insomnia, and somatic complaints that are too often overlooked. In addition, these persons die earlier in life than others in the population. The purpose of this study was to investigate patients' descriptions of activities and the importance of these activities for their health. Eight persons living in their own home were interviewed about both their views about exercise and their exercising activities. Two themes emerged: Getting Control over One's Life and The Need for Contact with Family & Friends. All of the informants were aware of the importance of physical activity to feel good. The informants described three different forms of activities: daily activities in the home, activities in a rehabilitation centre, and various forms of jogging. These different forms of activity were important to the informants since they reduced their anxiety and stress.

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2012. Vol. 33, no 10, 676-679 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4306DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2012.697253PubMedID: 23017044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-4306DiVA: diva2:784064
Available from: 2015-01-28 Created: 2015-01-28 Last updated: 2015-01-28Bibliographically approved

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