Non-Biological Factors in Depression: Inactivity

While there are biological causes for depression, this is by no means the only factor which may contribute to this problem. Numerous studies have been published that indicate that abnormalities in chemical activity may themselves be caused by other factors. While professionals may well need to treat these issues in order to help a person stabilize their mood, it will not necessarily be a cure. Truly, medical research has made significant progress toward better understanding brain function, even identifying genetic anomalies that can make one susceptible to low moods. There are, however, factors other than biology that are involved in depression. One of them is inactivity. How does inactivity affect someone struggling with depression and how can one use activity to help prevent depressive episodes?