A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry shows the breathing based meditation, popularly known in the Yoga world as Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, helps alleviate severe depression in the people who did not fully respond to other antidepressant treatments.
1. Reducing stress
2. Improvement in Focus
3. Increase in ability to focus
4. Enhances brain functions this allows also to understand the complex issues.
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The research led by Anup Sharma, MD, PhD, a neuropsychiatry research fellow in the department of psychiatry at Penn found significant improvement in the symptoms of depression and anxiety in the medicated patients with major depressive order (MDD) who participated in the breathing technique compared to medicated patients who did not take participation.
After two months, the yoga group cut its mean Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) score by several points, while the control group showed no improvements. HDRS is the most widely used clinician-administered depression assessment that scores mood, interest in activities, energy, suicidal thoughts, and feelings of guilt, among other symptoms.
More than half of the 41 million Americans who take antidepressants do not fully respond. Add-on therapies are often prescribed to enhance the effects of the drugs in these patients, but they typically offer limited additional benefits and come with side effects that can curb use, prolonging the depressive episode. What’s more, patients who don’t fully respond to antidepressants are especially at risk of relapse.