There may be new findings linking the effects of meditation and depression. A recent study shows that mindfulness meditation can alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and pain. The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University, showed researchers that stronger studies must be conducted to show exactly how much mindfulness, concentration and transcendental meditation have on depression, anxiety and pain. However, the research is clear: meditation has a profound and substantial effect on depression, especially when compared to the effect that antidepressants have. More studies need to be done on this specific comparison, but so far, the results are promising.
Meditation as an alternative to antidepressants
Some sufferers of anxiety or depression know how crushing that affliction can be. However, even looking at how severe anxiety or depression can be, there are many sufferers that are unwilling or unable to choose antidepressant medication as a viable remedy to treat their affliction. Furthermore, there can be a resistance from certain sufferers against medication because there is a sentiment that antidepressants are often over prescribed. This is why alternate means of dealing with anxiety and depression is a much sought-after solution to this problem, which may affect more than 1 in 10 adults. With the main goal of mindfulness being acceptance of yourself, your station in life and your presence, it can train your brain to help anxiety and depression as much as medication, for certain sufferers.
Although more research needs to be done, there are many positive indicators that show this is promising news for sufferers of anxiety and depression. This is a remedy that has been practiced for millennia, and already has many other proven benefits. If you suffer from any of these illnesses, what do you use to cope? Do you use meditation? Maybe you’ll give it a chance?