Prevents the Resurgence of Depression

meditation-image-106Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada suggest that mindfulness meditation and therapy can work just as well as medication to prevent relapse into depression. This mindfulness-based approach assists patients to become mindful of meaningful events and increase their awareness of emotional triggers, the study reports. Those participants who had learned to meditate had a lower relapse rate than non-meditators, indicating meditation’s potential as an alternative treatment method. Given the fact that less than half of patients continue taking their medication regularly after experiencing a reprieve from symptoms of depression, mindfulness therapy is suggested as a useful substitute, or complement, to antidepressants.