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springhill group psycotheraphy-Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Major Psychiatric Disorders?

Posted Feb 25 2013 5:36am
Yoga does the  body good, and according to a new study, it may ease the mind as well.

Their findings suggest that yoga does in fact have positive effects on mild depression 
and sleep problems, and it improves the symptoms of psychiatric disorders like 
schizophrenia and ADHD among patients using medication.

The researchers focused on  16 studies  that recorded the effects of practicing yoga on 
mental-health issues ranging from depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints 
and eating disorders to cognitive problems. They found positive effects of the 
mind-and-body practice for all conditions with the exception of eating disorders and 
cognition. Those studies involved too few participants or produced conflicting results 
to draw any meaningful conclusions.

Some of the studies included in the analysis even suggested that yoga might affect 
the body in ways similar to antidepressants and psychotherapy. For instance, yoga 
may influence brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters (boosting levels of 
feel-good agents like serotonin), lower inflammation, reduce oxidative stress and 
produce a healthier balance of lipids and  growth factors  — just as other forms of 
exercise do.

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