Managing Mental Health Disorders Resulting from Trauma through Yoga: A Review

Depression Research and Treatment. 2012;2012 DOI 10.1155/2012/401513

 

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Journal Title: Depression Research and Treatment

ISSN: 2090-1321 (Print); 2090-133X (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Limited

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry: Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system: Psychiatry | Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Shirley Telles (Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249408, India)
Nilkamal Singh (Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249408, India)
Acharya Balkrishna (Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249408, India)

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

There are many and varied types of trauma. The extent to which trauma influences the mental health of an individual depends on the nature of trauma, as well as on the individual's coping capabilities. Often trauma is followed by depression, anxiety, and PTSD. As the pharmacological remedies for these conditions often have undesirable side-effects, nonpharmacological remedies are thought of as a possible add-on treatment. Yoga is one such mind-body intervention. This paper covers eleven studies indexed in PubMed, in which mental health disorders resulting from trauma were managed through yoga including meditation. The aim was to evaluate the use of yoga in managing trauma-related depression, anxiety, PTSD and physiological stress following exposure to natural calamities, war, interpersonal violence, and incarceration in a correctional facility. An attempt has also been made to explore possible mechanisms underlying benefits seen. As most of these studies were not done on persons exposed to trauma that had practiced yoga, this is a definite area for further research.