Combined effect of art of living, counselling and medical treatment on specific mental disorders: Some interventional case studies

Sujata Satapathy, Sidhartha Satpathy & Dilbagh Kaur
New Delhi.

The present study explored the effect of a composite therapeutic package, i.e., medical treatment and therapies used in clinical setting (counselling, CBT and RT) along with traditional Indian psychological methods, like pranayam and sudershan kriya, to foster better mental health with a view to alleviate negative emotions, enhance academic performance and overall personality development. Findings indicated that Indian traditional psychological methods improve the quality of life by combating stress and strain. Pranayam, sudershan kriya and other yogic methods have a positive impact on the behaviour of the subjects suffering from depression and anxiety and have a synergistic effect when combined with other forms of therapy, including allopathic medicines.

This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002