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Quality of Life with Flotation Therapy for a Person Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Atypical Autism, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5668-0469
Nutrition Gut Brain Interactions Research Centre, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Evidens Research and Development Center, Göteborg, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Open Journal of Medical Psychology, ISSN 2165-9389, Vol. 2, no 3, 134-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this single-subject study was to report experiences from one and a half years of regular floating as described by a person with neuropsychiatric and mental health disorders. Floating, or Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, involves relaxation and sensory deprivation by means of resting in a tank with highly salted and body-tempered water. The subject, a 24-year-old woman diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, atypical autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression floated regularly for one and a half years. Interviews regarding her experiences were analyzed and the main findings involved a subjective sense of improved quality of life, wellbeing and healthy behavior. There were no negative effects from treatment. Results suggest that floating may have beneficial therapeutic effects on mental health. Further studies that evaluate the efficacy and possible effects of floating with regard to mental health are needed.

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SCIRP, 2013. Vol. 2, no 3, 134-138 p.
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flotation REST, relaxation, stress, neuropsychiatric disorder
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28606DOI: 10.4236/ojmp.2013.23020OAI: diva2:639744
Available from: 2013-08-09 Created: 2013-08-09 Last updated: 2015-11-12Bibliographically approved

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