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Prevents the Resurgence of Depression

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

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.

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Relieves Symptoms of Depression

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-107Research at Oxford University indicates that a combination of meditation and cognitive therapy can relieve the symptoms of depression. Known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), this approach focuses on cultivating mindfulness in patients through meditative techniques and cognitive-based therapy. The treatment yielded a significant decrease in the number of participants diagnosed with major depression, suggesting that MBCT is a promising potential treatment, especially for individuals with recurring bouts of depression. Researchers are currently developing a larger study that aims at pinpointing the specific meditative elements that are the most beneficial in reducing the rate of relapse among patients suffering from major depression.

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