Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2016;7:149-52. doi: 10.5958/2394-2061.2016.00023.9. Epub 2016 Mar 31.

Combined effect of surya namaskar and aerobic exercises to reduce anger among substance dependence subjects.

Malhotra P, Das K, Sharma S, Basu D.


Background: There is a strong association between certain exercises and anger management. Persons with a high tendency towards anger often abuse substances. Alcohol and drug abuse is one of the most common behavioural problems that occur due to uncontrolled anger. Substance dependence subjects when frustrated would show anger.

Aim: To assess the anger among substance dependence subjects and the effect of physical exercises (surya namaskar and aerobic exercises) on anger management.

Materials and methods: The study was conducted at Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Specific exercise was planned for anger management based on a thorough literature review, which consisted of surya namaskar and aerobic exercises (brisk walking and jogging) to be taught in a two-week period.

Results: Anger was assessed by using standardised tool and after intervention for fifteen days, significant reduction in anger score was found in experimental group.

Conclusion: Physical exercises were found to be effective for managing the anger among substance dependence subjects.


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