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How is meditation supposed to help depression? I dont understand

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How is meditation supposed to help depression? I don't understand at all.
And is there non-biased scientific evidence to support it?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. L replied 3 years ago.

Dr. L :

Hello,

Dr. L :

I would like to help you with your question.

Dr. L :

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.

Dr. L :

I am attaching a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned health care institution.

Dr. L :

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/DS00175/DSECTION=alternative-medicine

Dr. L :

In addition, here is another link that might prove helpful in better understanding what meditation is:

Dr. L :

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070

Dr. L :

Here is a scholarly article on the subject:

Dr. L :

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3109319/

Dr. L :

Even though the target focus was on substance abuse...the article has merit for its discussion regarding meditation.

Dr. L :

I await your reply.

Dr. L :

Thank you.

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