Yoga Beneficial for Sleep, ADHD, Depression, and Schizophrenia


Researchers from Duke University and the Indian Council of Medical Research find, in a meta-analysis of studies of yoga as an adjunct treatment, that it was beneficial for a range of ailments ranging from sleep problems and eating disorders to depression, ADHD, and schizophrenia. Results were published online by Frontiers in Affective Disorders and Psychosomatic Research on January 25, 2013.

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Balasbramiam, M., Telles, S., Doraiswarmy, P.M., Yoga on our minds: a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders. Frontiers in Affective Disorders and Psychosomatic Research, online January 25, 2013

Of further interest:
Effects of yoga on major psychiatric disorders (Science Blog)
Yoga Helps Schizophrenia, ADHD and Depression (International Business Times)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].