Fishing cures PTSD and anxiety, first ever clinical study aims to prove

This report by Danielle Sheridan has been published in The Telegraph. It begins:

Fishing has long been lauded as a relaxing pastime which can put one’s mind at ease.

While it has been claimed anecdotally that fishing can help with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions, psychologists are working with military veterans to determine if there is a connection in the first ever clinical study of its kind.

Dr Nick Cooper, of the University of Essex, who is leading the study as part of NHS research funding, told The Telegraph that he wants to build evidence on nature-based social prescribing.

He hopes that the study will result in GPs prescribing fishing as a treatment for PTSD, depression and anxiety.

‘Currently, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to prescribe this so they are trying to build this so that people can be sure and certain that they can prescribe this in the future,’ Dr Cooper said …”

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