Floating Helps Anxiety & Depression

The Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) announced the PLoS One publication of the 1st float study ever conducted in patients suffering from both anxiety and depression.

The trial, conducted from Dr. Justin Feinstein’s Float Clinic and Research Center at LIBR with 50 patients, provides an initial proof-of-principle study showing that an hour of float therapy can provide significant short-term relief from symptoms of stress and anxiety across a range of different conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Along with resolving some symptoms of mental illness, the patients experienced enhanced mental wellness, leaving them in a serene and peaceful state.  This mood-enhancing effect of floatation was especially notable given that most of the patients had comorbid depression.

It is important to note that this was an open-label study examining only the short-term effects of floating.  Further studies will be undertaken to determine whether or not there is evidence for long-term benefit with repeated practice.

You can read the full details of the study and its results in their publication.