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Meditation has long been used as a strategy to address depression. Mediation is believed to help as it calms the body and mind, allowing the individual to achieve some relief from the depressive thoughts. Meditation alone is unlikely to resolve an episode of major depression, but it can...and does...decrease some of the symptoms.
I am attaching a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned health care institution.
In addition, here is another link that might prove helpful in better understanding what meditation is:
Here is a scholarly article on the subject:
Even though the target focus was on substance abuse...the article has merit for its discussion regarding meditation.
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