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Other Mental Health Conditions

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

Role of Yoga and Mindfulness in Severe Mental Illnesses: A Narrative Review.
Sathyanarayanan G, Vengadavaradan A, Bharadwaj B.
Int J Yoga. 2019 Jan-Apr;12(1):3-28.
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Mindful exercise versus non-mindful exercise for schizophrenia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Li J, Shen J, Wu G, Tan Y, Sun Y, Keller E, Jiang Y, Wu J.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Aug;32:17-24.
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Mind-Body Approaches to Prevention and Intervention for Alcohol and Other Drug Use/Abuse in Young Adults.
Park CL, Russell BS, Fendrich M.
Medicines (Basel). 2018 Jun 27;5(3).
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A systematic review of randomized trials of mind-body interventions for PTSD.
Niles BL, Mori DL, Polizzi C, Pless Kaiser A, Weinstein ES, Gershkovich M, Wang C.
J Clin Psychol. 2018 May 10. (preprint)
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Yoga as an intervention for psychological symptoms following trauma: A systematic review and quantitative synthesis.
Nguyen-Feng VN, Clark CJ, Butler ME.
Psychol Serv. 2018 Apr 5. (preprint)
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Yoga for posttraumatic stress disorder - a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Anheyer D, Saha FJ, Dobos G.
BMC Psychiatry. 2018 Mar 22;18(1):72.
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Role of Yoga in Management of Substance-use Disorders: A Narrative Review.
Kuppili PP, Parmar A, Gupta A, Balhara YPS.
J Neurosci Rural Pract. 2018 Jan-Mar;9(1):117-122.
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Bridging Body and Mind: Considerations for Trauma-Informed Yoga.
Justice L, Brems C, Ehlers K.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2018 Feb 8. (preprint)
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Determining Psychoneuroimmunologic Markers of Yoga as an Intervention for Persons Diagnosed With PTSD: A Systematic Review.
Kelly UA, Evans DD, Baker H, Noggle Taylor J.
Biol Res Nurs. 2018 May;20(3):343-351.
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Meditation and yoga for posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analytic review of randomized controlled trials.
Gallegos AM, Crean HF, Pigeon WR, Heffner KL.
Clin Psychol Rev. 2017 Dec;58:115-124.
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Yoga as part of a package of care versus standard care for schizophrenia.
Broderick J, Vancampfort D.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Sep 29;9:CD012145.
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Yoga versus non-standard care for schizophrenia.
Broderick J, Crumlish N, Waugh A, Vancampfort D.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Sep 28;9:CD012052.
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Assessing the Effectiveness of Yoga as a Complementary and Alternative Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review and Synthesis.
Sciarrino NA, DeLucia C, O'Brien K, McAdams K.
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Oct;23(10):747-755.
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Autism and Mind-Body Therapies: A Systematic Review.
Hourston S, Atchley R.
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 May;23(5):331-339.
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Yoga and substance use disorders: A narrative review.
Sarkar S, Varshney M.
Asian J Psychiatr. 2017 Feb;25:191-196.
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Bending without breaking: A narrative review of trauma-sensitive yoga for women with PTSD.
Nolan CR.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:32-40.
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A heuristic model linking yoga philosophy and self-reflection to examine underlying mechanisms of add-on yoga treatment in schizophrenia.
Rao N, Menon S.
Int Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;28(3):265-72.
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Bridging the schism of schizophrenia through yoga-Review of putative mechanisms.
Mehta UM, Keshavan MS, Gangadhar BN.
Int Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;28(3):254-64.
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Relaxation Techniques for Trauma.
Scotland-Coogan D, Davis E.
J Evid Inf Soc Work. 2016 Sep-Oct;13(5):434-41.
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Yoga for Trauma and Related Mental Health Problems: A Meta-Review With Clinical and Service Recommendations.
Macy RJ, Jones E, Graham LM, Roach L.
Trauma Violence Abuse. 2015 Dec 9. (preprint)
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Yoga versus standard care for schizophrenia.
Broderick J, Knowles A, Chadwick J, Vancampfort D.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Oct 21;(10):CD010554.
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Yoga as the "next wave" of therapeutic modalities for treatment of insomnia.
Kennedy SL.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2014;24:125-9.
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Between inhale and exhale: yoga as an intervention in smoking cessation.
Dai CL, Sharma M.
J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2014 Apr;19(2):144-9.
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Mind-body practices: an alternative, drug-free treatment for smoking cessation? A systematic review of the literature.
Carim-Todd L, Mitchell SH, Oken BS.
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Oct 1;132(3):399-410.
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A narrative review of yoga and mindfulness as complementary therapies for addiction.
Khanna S, Greeson JM.
Complement Ther Med. 2013 Jun;21(3):244-52.
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Mind-body practices for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Kim SH, Schneider SM, Kravitz L, Mermier C, Burge MR.
J Investig Med. 2013 Jun;61(5):827-34.
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Mind-body medicine for schizophrenia and psychotic disorders: a review of the evidence.
Helgason C, Sarris J.
Clin Schizophr Relat Psychoses. 2013 Oct;7(3):138-48.
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Yoga for schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Klose P, Langhorst J, Dobos G.
BMC Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 18;13:32.
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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

Mind-body interventions for the treatment of insomnia: a review.
Kozasa EH, Hachul H, Monson C, Pinto L Jr, Garcia MC, Mello LE, Tufik S.
Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2010 Dec;32(4):437-43.
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