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Anxiety and Yoga
-- Platania-Solazzo, A., Field, T. M., Blank, J., Seligman, F., Kuhn, C., Schanberg, S., and Saab, P. (1992). Relaxation therapy reduces anxiety in child and adolescent psychiatric patients. Acta Paedopsychiatrica 55, 115-120.
Analysis showed maintenance of the gains obtained in the original study on the Hamilton and Beck anxiety scales as well as on their respective depression scales, on the Hamilton panic score, the number and severity of panic attacks, and on the Mobility Index-Accompanied and the Fear Survey. A 3-year follow-up comparison of this cohort with a larger group of subjects from the intervention who had met criteria for screening for the original study suggests generalizability of the results obtained with the smaller, more intensively studied cohort. Ongoing compliance with the meditation practice was also demonstrated in the majority of subjects at 3 years. We conclude that an intensive but time-limited group stress reduction intervention based on mindfulness meditation can have long-term beneficial effects in the treatment of people diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
-- Miller, J. J., Fletcher, K., and Kabat-Zinn, J. (1995). Three-year follow-up and clinical implications of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders. General Hospital Psychiatry 17, 192-200.
Evaluated the efficacy of selected yoga practices as compared with drug (diazepam) therapy in anxiety-neurotic outpatients (aged 18-47 yrs). Data indicated a significant rate of improvement in Group 1 who completed the prescribed length (5 days/wk for 3 months) of yoga practices as compared with Group 2. At least 7% of Group 1 Ss were reported to be completely asymptomatic as compared with none of the Group 2.
-- Sahasi, G., Mohan, D., and Kacker, C. (1989). Effectiveness of yogic techniques in the management of anxiety. Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies 5, 51-55.
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