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Int J Yoga. 2018 Sep-Dec;11(3):242-244. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_45_17.

Add-on Yoga Therapy for Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: A Pilot Study.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
2
Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
3
Department of Yoga and Life Sciences, S-VYASA, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

Background:

Yoga as a mind-body therapy is useful in lifestyle-related disorders including neuropsychiatric disorders. In schizophrenia patients, yoga has been shown to significantly improve negative symptoms, functioning, and plasma oxytocin level.

Aim:

The aim of the study was to study the effect of add-on yoga therapy on social cognition in schizophrenia patients.

Materials and Methods:

In a single pre-post, study design, 15 schizophrenia patients stabilized on antipsychotic medication for 6 weeks were assessed for social cognition (theory of mind, facial emotion recognition, and social perception [SP]) and clinical symptoms (negative and positive symptoms and social disability) before and after twenty sessions of add-on yoga therapy.

Results:

There was a significant improvement in the social cognition composite score after 20 sessions of yoga (t[13] = -5.37, P ≤ 0.001). Clinical symptoms also reduced significantly after twenty sessions of yoga.

Conclusion:

Results are promising to integrate yoga in clinical practice, if proven in well-controlled clinical trials.

KEYWORDS:

Schizophrenia; social cognition; yoga

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