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Yoga for Anxiety Relief

Yoga for Anxiety Relief

Anxiety Disorders: A Background

There are seven anxiety spectrum disorders (which include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobias) with a high incidence of co-occurrence between them – possibly because the existence of one anxiety disorder can trigger or contribute to the development of another.

For instance, someone with panic disorder may become housebound (a.k.a agoraphobic) in an attempt to avoid panic attacks, while someone with agoraphobia may experience repeated panic attacks (and therefore panic disorder) when faced with the possibility of going outside.

Anxiety disorders also appear in conjunction with other mental health issues, and often co-occur with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

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Anxiety and Yoga Therapy

We tend to think of anxiety as a response to stressful circumstances. Whether it’s butterflies in the stomach or can’t-sit-still-nerves, there’s a wide range anxiety we can experience on an occasional basis that is unpleasant, but endurable – and to a certain extent, rational.

In contrast, when people with an anxiety disorder are asked to describe an anxiety attack, they often say a variation of “I thought I was going to die”. Whether it’s a persistent feeling of dread or intermittent panic, the hyperarousal of the fight/flight survival response creates a feeling of urgent fear and ignorable physical symptoms. So how can someone begin to calm down when their body telling them that they are in mortal danger?

Why Use Yoga as an Adjunct Treatment for Anxiety?

The impact of anxiety can be severe, and there are times that people feel dissatisfied with the solutions they are currently presented. While medication is often a vital part of any treatment plan, patients can sometimes be uncomfortable with side-effects or the thought of a difficult withdrawal. According to Baldwin and Polkinghorn (2005), 50% of people prescribed pharmacological intervention reported an improvement in symptoms, and a US-based study concluded that up to 30% of patients may be “treatment resistant” – finding front-line interventions ineffective.