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In Focus, episode 4: Student triathlete swims, bikes and runs his way out of depression

Young adults -- especially those ages 18 to 25 -- are at a higher risk for depression than people in any other age group. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this episode of In Focus, we explore why mental illness is especially common in young adults and why exercise - in addition to counseling and medication therapy - may help address or even prevent the onset of depression. We hear the story of one student who found relief from depression through triathlon training and talk with experts about the effects of physical exertion on the brain.