I found that Kundalini Yoga helped my patients become more aware of their bodies and emotions and be able to process their emotions in a healthier way. Patients who cut themselves (and patients with other forms of self injurious behavior) have significantly reduced urges to cut themselves and many no longer feel the urge to cut at all with the practice of Kundalini Yoga. This led me to further my understanding of Kundalini Yoga and become a certified instructor.
Below are two links to help you locate Kundalini Yoga classes within the Bay Area.
Bay Area Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga Center San Francisco
I highly recommend Martial Arts, especially to patients with symptoms or diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD). This is an example of an article covering the benefits of Martial Arts for people experiencing this disorder.
The Way of the Warrior: The Effects of Traditional Martial Arts Training on Aggressiveness by T.A. Nosanchuk
Psychotherapeutic Aspects of the Martial Arts by T.A. Nosanchuk
Martial arts and psychological health by Julian R. Fuller
The application of traditional martial arts practice and theory to the treatment of violent adolescents by Stuart W. Twemlow and Frank C. Sacco
Martial Arts Training: A Novel "Cure" for Juvenile Delinquency by Michael E. Trulson
Tai Chi is a form of Martial Arts. According to Mayo Clinic, Tai Chi brings you into the present moment, forcing you to put aside distressing thoughts. TaiChiResearch.com cites the practice of Tai Chi as a method of reducing tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion, anxiety and symptoms of ADHD.
DPPT is a treatment for people with sensory integration difficulties, anxiety, ADHD, and symptoms of pervasive developmental disorder. DPPT must be performed or taught by a professional occupational therapist to be done correctly.
Studies have shown that laughter, whether humor-induced or not, produces a neurochemical response that improves the physical and mental health of the laugher.
Humor and Healing and other books by Bernie Siegel
Saving the world with laughter by Amy Moon
These yoga practitioners laugh for health SF Chronicle
Laughter therapy helps them cope with illness SF Chronicle
Trying to save the world through the power of laughter and yoga SF Chronicle
Studies reveal that acupuncture can relieve symptoms of anxiety in patients.
Auricular Acupuncture: A Potential Treatment for Anxiety Anesthesia and Analgesia
Acupuncture as a treatment for depression is still controversial and studies are still being conducted.
Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids)
Avoid mercury (found in tuna and other large fish)
Avoid aspartame (found in diet drinks)
Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain by P. Humphries, et al.