Meditation is said to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety to some level, says a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who conducted a study on 3000 volunteers.
An eight-week mindfulness-based meditation course showed that there was a 10-20% improvement in depression and 5-10% improvement in anxiety among the volunteers. Mindfulness meditation is a Buddhist style of meditation, which helps a person become more aware of their thoughts, feelings and actions, and remain focused in the present. In the case of depression, meditation helped stop the constant influx of fears and worries in the persons. The research concluded with the fact that meditation provided the same amount of relief from some symptoms of depression as antidepressants.
But, says Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH, who spearheaded the research, “If your doctor prescribes an antidepressant, keep taking it. Don’t stop on your own. You can add meditation and see how you feel after a few months of regular practice. The best way to get started is by taking a class.”
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