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Integrating yoga with psychological group-treatment for mixed depression and anxiety in primary healthcare: An explorative pilot study
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1807-7837
2020 (English)In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, ISSN 1744-3881, E-ISSN 1873-6947, Vol. 41, article id 101250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background and purpose: Yoga has shown promise as a treatment for depression and anxiety. The present pilot study investigated the feasibility of an eight-week grouptreatment integrating emotion-focused psychoeducation, compassion-focused therapy, and Virya yoga for depression and anxiety in primary healthcare.

Materials and methods: Patients seeking treatment for depression and anxiety in a primary healthcare centre completed either an integrative group-treatment (N = 14) or treatment as usual (TAU, N = 17). Outcome measures were analysed pre- and posttreatment. Correlations in the intervention group were investigated between treatment outcomes and amount of yoga practice between sessions.

Results: Large within-group effect sizes on all outcome measures were found at posttreatment. Symptom reduction did not differ between groups (p = 0.155). Improvement in alexithymia correlated significantly (p < 0.05) with amount of yoga practice between sessions.

Conclusion: Integrating yoga with a psychological group-treatment is a somewhat feasible approach to treatment for depression and anxiety in primary healthcare.

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Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 41, article id 101250
Keywords [en]
Virya yoga, Primary healthcare, Compassion-focused therapy, Mixed depression and anxiety, Affect school, Alexithymia
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176296DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2020.101250ISI: 000594331000003PubMedID: 33113486Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85094197129OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-176296DiVA, id: diva2:1484475
Available from: 2020-10-29 Created: 2020-10-29 Last updated: 2023-03-23Bibliographically approved

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