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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. Yoga for Generalized Anxiety Disorder


Clinical trial shows that CBT and yoga can reduce symptoms in generalized anxiety disorder

More and more people struggling with anxiety disorders are turning to mind-body interventions like yoga for relief. However, it's unclear how effective these practices are in addressing anxiety.

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clinical trial compared the effectiveness of three intervention strategies in improving anxiety and depression symptoms in 226 adults diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. This study randomly assigned participants to one of three groups: Kundalini Yoga, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), or stress education (control).


At the end of the 12-week treatment period, CBT significantly reduced the severity of symptoms compared to those in the control group. This improvement was seen across six of the seven measures to assess anxiety and depression symptoms. This finding highlights the effectiveness of CBT in managing anxiety disorders.

On the other hand, participants who practiced Kundalini Yoga displayed lower symptom severity on three of the seven measures compared to those in the control group. While not as impactful as CBT, this suggests that yoga may still offer some benefits in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms for individuals with generalized anxiety disorder.

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No significant differences were observed between the participants who received CBT and those who practiced Kundalini Yoga. This implies that both interventions were equally effective in addressing anxiety and depression symptoms during the 12-week treatment period.

The study continued beyond the 12-week mark and included a 6-month follow-up. The results at this stage showed that participants who had received CBT continued to experience lower symptom severity compared to those in the control group. This suggests that the benefits of CBT may be longer-lasting when it comes to managing anxiety.


Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is particularly effective in reducing the severity of anxiety and depression symptoms in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder. While not as potent as CBT, Kundalini Yoga still showed some positive effects. Moreover, the benefits of CBT seemed to persist over time, making it a promising treatment option for those dealing with anxiety disorders.

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