Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, pharmacist, therapist, or yoga master. I am not recommending people who are experiencing depression or anxiety stop taking medication and start practicing yoga. I am simply sharing an article and linking to the source of information. I do not benefit financially by sharing this information. I am not an employee, shareholder, or partner of any organization mentioned in this post or the complete article written by Parvati Shallow.
Excerpt of Article by Parvati Shallow | CBS News
Today’s treatments for depression and anxiety leave much to be desired. Pharmaceuticals may help the symptoms, but they can also have negative side effects like weight gain and decreased sexual desire that may cause people to abandon medication altogether. As cases of depression and anxiety increase throughout the world, research is being conducted to find more sustainable and accessible treatments.
“Despite modern advances in psychopharmacology, and the development of so many integrative forms of psychotherapy, we haven’t made a significant dent in this epidemic of emotional illness,” says clinical psychologist and yoga teacher Bo Forbes.
Anxiety disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting about 40 million adults. If current trends continue, it’s estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world.
With the aim of awareness in mind, Forbes’ classes are not like the typical hot, sweaty Westernized form of yoga that many of us have experienced. Her classes move slowly and are geared toward increasing awareness inside the body. They integrate breath with each movement.
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Thanks to Parvati Shallow for writing the article; CBS News for committing its resources to the article; Bo Forbes for adding to the article; National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) for identifying some common types of anxiety disorders; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for providing the supporting statistics; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in the article.