Yoga-enriched Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Y-CBT) for the Management of GAD and Comorbid Depression in a Clinical Population. (2018)
Khalsa, M1., Block, P2., Boisseau, J3., & Greiner-Ferris, J4. (2018) Yoga- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Y-CBT) for the Management of GAD and Comorbid Depression in a Clinical Population. To be submitted for Publication, December, 2017.
While CBT is considered a gold standard for treatment of anxiety and depression, results with GAD have left room for improvement. The current study assessed the potential benefit of enhancing CBT with kundalini yoga (Y-CBT) across a variety of diagnostic categories in a community mental health clinic. After the 6-week Y-CBT protocol, pre-posttest comparisons (n=66) demonstrated significant improvements in state and trait anxiety, depression, self-esteem and panic. Where CBT directly addresses maladaptive cognitive processes, the yoga and meditation in Y-CBT may also directly address dysfunctional physical processes involved in the experience of psychological distress. Practicing these physical skills may give the participant additional tools when anxiety occurs, and may also lower the generation of maladaptive thoughts before they begin. The results from this study support the results of a previous study, suggesting that Y-CBT may have potential as a prospective treatment for GAD and comorbid depression.
Y-CBT improves anxiety, self-esteem, panic and depression in a clinical population (n=66) across all diagnoses.
1 Riverside Community Care, Outpatient Clinic, Upton, MA.
2 William James College, Rhode Island.
3 Riverside Community Care, Outpatient Clinic, Upton, MA.
4 Riverside Community Care, Outpatient Clinic, Upton, MA.