Anxiety disorder? Yoga may be an option

Yoga may be viable option for people with generalized anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorder and yogaYoga could help reduce symptoms for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to a study published by Georgia State University researchers in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

The research focuses on the effects of yoga on three people with the disorder and whether or not yoga could be helpful and serve as an alternative or additional treatment option.

“When people have this diagnosis, they worry a lot–uncontrollably–about the future, which causes physical symptoms like muscle tension and trouble sleeping, and their lives and their relationships are impaired because of it,” said Jessica Morgan Goodnight, former graduate student at Georgia State and lead author on the study. “Psychotherapy usually works really well for anxiety disorders, but it doesn’t seem to work as well for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

The researchers found yoga tended to reduce worry, the main symptom of the disorder.

“Two participants showed decreases in daily worry ratings after they started yoga and reported less worry on a daily basis,” said Goodnight. “The third participant was steadily increasing worry before starting yoga, but the increasing trend ended and began leveling out after she started practicing yoga.”

The findings show yoga has some promise in helping people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder reduce their symptoms. The researchers say pilot studies like this pave the way for more conclusive research to be conducted in the future.

“It’s nice to provide options for people with mental health conditions to try to reduce their symptoms and increase the quality of their lives,” said Goodnight. “My research is a first step showing yoga could be an option for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear. Anxiety is a worry about future events and fear is a reaction to current events. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness. There are a number of anxiety disorders: including generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and panic disorder. The disorder differs by what results in the symptoms. People often have more than one anxiety disorder. (Wikipedia)



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