Research: Yoga VS psychotherapy to combat stress

 

It is estimated that at least 3% of the population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, which can seriously undermine the quality of daily life and the range of choices a person has.Yoga is quite effective in combating anxiety, as, according to a new American scientific study, at least half of the adults who practice it, show an improvement in the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. However, psychotherapy and specifically cognitive-behavioral therapy is even more effective, bringing results to 70% of those who resort to it.

Researchers at New York University School of Medicine, led by psychiatry professor Naomi Simon, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry “JAMA Psychiatry”, compared “kundalini” yoga with cognitive-behavioral Anxiety disorder, which causes nervousness, worries, insomnia, etc.After 12 weeks, 32 of the 60 participants in the yoga group (54%) and 47 of the 67 in the psychotherapy group (71%) showed a reduction in anxiety symptoms. The yoga program included  in addition to postures and exercises -meditation and theories of philosophy and psychology.

“Yoga is a safe and popular stress reduction strategy that can also improve stress. “But in people with generalized anxiety disorder, it may be less effective than cognitive-behavioral therapy,” said Dr. Simon. “On the other hand, many people  are unable to access or pay for psychotherapy, so yoga is an alternative,” he added.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a rapid form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing the negative thoughts, reactions, and behaviors established in the patient’s mind. The study shows that in the long run this psychotherapy has more lasting benefits for reducing stress than yoga.It is estimated that at least 3% of the population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, which can seriously undermine the quality of daily life and the range of choices a person has. Psychotropic drugs (anxiolytics, antidepressants, etc.) are often used, but they can have negative side effects.

 

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