Life coaching and breath therapy may cause serious psychiatric problems, experts say

World Faizah Kamal 21-Jan-2020
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Medical experts warn against breath therapy and life coach camps, saying that serious psychiatric problems may arise.

There are trainers who do not have any psychology or psychiatry education that promise to save people from their problems. Meanwhile, experts say that breath therapy and life coach camps can sometimes cause psychological disorders to deepen.

Sibel Çakır, a psychiatrist from the Psychiatric Association of Turkey (TPD), said that people still have reservations about going to a psychiatrist and that they are affected by stigmas surrounding psychiatrists and psychologists, who are seen as “doctors for mad people” in the country.

Çakır emphasised that a false science was created, which caused anxiety among people.

“There are concerns about some of the medicines and some of those concerns are unrealistic. Nobody wants to wait for a long time. A different environment may be attractive when a camp is offered at the weekend,” she said.

She emphasised that this procedure performed by someone without medical education is equivalent to starting a surgery and leaving the patient in an operation.

“The pain is exposed and left in such a way that people don’t know what to do with it. After these events, we encounter people whose symptoms and distress increase strongly,” she added.

Fatih Öncü, another psychiatrist and a board member of TPD, said that new occupations are emerging that lead to the exploitation of people and are not related to health, such as breath therapists and life coaches.

“These people are bringing new practices that claim that they are treating people, solving their spiritual, physical well-being and relationship problems, and leading to their exploitation,” Öncü said.