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Mental Health, Depression, and Anxiety

Mental Health, Depression and Anxiety

Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

Effects of Meditative Movements on Major Depressive Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.
Zou L, Yeung A, Li C, Wei GX, Chen KW, Kinser PA, Chan JSM, Ren Z.
J Clin Med. 2018 Aug 1;7(8). pii: E195.
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The effects of Sahaja Yoga meditation on mental health: a systematic review.
Hendriks T.
J Complement Integr Med. 2018 May 30.
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Yoga for anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Anheyer D, Pilkington K, de Manincor M, Dobos G, Ward L.
Depress Anxiety. 2018 Apr 26 (preprint)
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The Efficacy of Yoga as a Form of Treatment for Depression.
Bridges L, Sharma M.
J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct;22(4):1017-1028.
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A Systematic Review of Mechanisms of Change in Body-Oriented Yoga in Major Depressive Disorders.
Meister K, Juckel G.
Pharmacopsychiatry. 2018 May;51(3):73-81.
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Integrating yoga into psychotherapy: The ethics of moving from the mind to the mat.
Kamradt JM.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 May;27:27-30.
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A systematic review of yoga for major depressive disorder.
Cramer H, Anheyer D, Lauche R, Dobos G.
J Affect Disord. 2017 Apr 15;213:70-77.
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Effect of Hatha Yoga on Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis.
Hofmann SG, Andreoli G, Carpenter JK, Curtiss J.
J Evid Based Med. 2016 May 20. (preprint)
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The Efficacy of Body-Oriented Yoga in Mental Disorders.
Klatte R, Pabst S, Beelmann A, Rosendahl JS.
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2016 Mar 25;113(12):195-202.
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Current status of yoga in mental health services.
Varambally S, Gangadhar BN.
Int Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;28(3):233-5.
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Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: A Review of Published Research and Implications for Healthcare Providers.
Uebelacker LA, Broughton MK.
R I Med J (2013). 2016 Mar 1;99(3):20-2.
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Evidence Map of Yoga for Depression, Anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Duan-Porter W, Coeytaux RR, McDuffie JR, Goode AP, Sharma P, Mennella H, Nagi A, Williams JW Jr.
J Phys Act Health. 2016 Mar;13(3):281-8.
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Yoga for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, and Substance Abuse: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines [Internet].
Ottawa (ON): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2015 Jun 22.
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Clinical Inquiry: can yoga reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression?
Skowronek IB, Mounsey A, Handler L.
J Fam Pract. 2014 Jul;63(7):398-407.
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The effectiveness of yoga for depression: a critical literature review.
Louie L.
Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2014 Apr;35(4):265-76.
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A systematic review of yoga for state anxiety: considerations for occupational therapy.
Chugh-Gupta N, Baldassarre FG, Vrkljan BH.
Can J Occup Ther. 2013 Jun;80(3):150-70.
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Yoga for depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Langhorst J, Dobos G.
Depress Anxiety. 2013 Nov;30(11):1068-83.
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Meditative movement for depression and anxiety.
Payne P, Crane-Godreau MA.
Front Psychiatry. 2013 Jul 24;4:71.
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Yoga on our minds: a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders.
Balasubramaniam M, Telles S, Doraiswamy PM.
Front Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 25;3:117.
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Effectiveness of yoga therapy as a complementary treatment for major psychiatric disorders: a meta-analysis.
Cabral P, Meyer HB, Ames D.
Prim Care Companion CNS Disord.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications

How might yoga help depression? A neurobiological perspective.
Kinser PA, Goehler LE, Taylor AG.
Explore (NY). 2012 Mar-Apr;8(2):118-26.
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