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Exercise may be best treatment for depression

During the pandemic, depression rates skyrocketed.

Many people today suffer from occasional or ongoing depression symptoms. This Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time to care for your mental health.

Many depression treatment options are available, yet the easiest and best may be your two feet.

Duke University concluded that exercise could be as beneficial to those with depression as a course of antidepressants. In their famous SMILE (Standard Medical Intervention & Long-term Exercise) study, it was found that "a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around the track three times a week may be just as effective in relieving the symptoms of major depression as the standard treatment of antidepressant medications." The study concluded that exercise "is associated with significant therapeutic benefit, especially if continued over time."

Consider making regular exercise, even simple walks, a new habit. Or maybe offer to go on walks with someone you love who is dealing with depression. It may just be the best medicine.

Y. Pritham Raj, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Active Recovery TMS

Roe could survive — at least until after Election Day

Don't be surprised if the U.S. Supreme Court postpones issuing its decision regarding Roe v. Wade until after the November election.

The leaking of Samuel Alito's draft opinion was unprecedented, creating a national storm of criticism and controversy. Those judges whose names were listed in the majority must have been startled by the outrage directed towards them, including the protests at their homes. The anger also raised the Democrats' chances of victory in the November election.

If the Democrats keep control of the Senate, they will be able to whittle down the conservatives' control of the court by new appointments as time goes by.

To protect their conservative mission, the Republican-appointed judges must do their part to forestall a Democratic election victory. The deception some practiced during the consideration of their nominations as to whether Roe was "settled" law, and the likely influence of Justice Clarence Thomas's wife, a fierce right-winger, on her husband suggest these people are not above a scheme to diminish the opinion's impact on the election.

The majority could decide not to issue the final opinion in June when it is now due. Their excuse would be further oral argument should be held considering the public reactions to the leaking of the draft opinion.

Postponements of decisions into the following term are not unheard of in Supreme Court practice. With straight faces, the majority could schedule the new argument to be held after October when its next term begins, with the final opinion not likely being issued until after the November election.

This move would lower the intensity of the anger that would otherwise motivate voters. It might stimulate some naive hope that the court could issue a more moderate opinion. A significantly different result would be unlikely.

Yet, the lowering of the controversy's temperature temporally would favor the Republicans. As it does with gun control, the GOP could push abortion to the side, arguing the time is not right to address the issue. The Republicans would fill up more of the public space with a campaign forcing the Democrats to defend President Joe Biden's record, including failure to control inflation, a possible recession and resurgence of the COVID pandemic.

As said years ago, the Supreme Court judges read the newspapers. They know the politics of the day. They can see a removal of the abortion issue from the election aiding the Republicans' campaign to control the Senate. They do not need GOP leaders to whisper this in their ears.

Richard Botteri, Cedar Hills

Mural at Bridlemile inspires neighborhood

On May 15, 2021, after nearly a year of planning and a lengthy approval process by Portland Public Schools, a group of 160 students, parents and teachers from Southwest Portland's Bridlemile School painted a vibrant 300-foot long mural to inspire hope in the community and invigorate an empty school site during a time when children needed it most.

One year later, the Bridlemile Mural — one of the longest in Portland — has impacted this close-knit community in numerous ways — joyful first day of school photos are taken here, a fifth grade graduation ceremony will happen in front of this mural this June, community members enjoy bathing in the color as they walk to Hamilton Park and more murals are now planned for the school.

Local paint company Miller Paint generously donated the paint and supplies for this project that has served to inspire joy and connection in a community.

Heather Keeling, Southwest Portland


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