Posts Tagged: depression

Meditation for Depression and Anxiety instead of Medication

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A large research project at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which analysed 47 randomized controlled trials with a total of more than 3,500 participants, found that practising mindfulness meditation for half an hour a day can improve depression with 10-20%, and anxiety with 5-10%. This is similar to what previous studies have found to be the effect of anti-depressant medications.


Depression – a few thoughts

Newsletter issue, August 2012; The theme for this issue is Depression, with articles about causes, symptoms, treatments, and scientific research findings.


Treating depression – a case for psychotherapy

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That psychotherapy is an effective method for treating depression is beyond doubt. A vast number of research studies, meta-analyses (combining data from several separate research projects) and review articles have demonstrated the importance and effectiveness of psychotherapy and psychological interventions for treating depression.


Anti-depressants for depression? A critical question.

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The first-line medical treatment for people meeting current diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder is a prescription of anti-depressant medication, but anti-depressants come with a vast range of side effects, some of which are very serious. A lot of research is also beginning to show evidence that anti-depressants are actually not very effective, and that they may possibly be doing more harm than good.


Depression – causes, symptoms, treatments

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Over the course of a lifetime 16% of the population will at some time be diagnosed with depression. Which symptoms are experienced, how severe they are, and how long they last depends on the individual. Depression can be successfully treated, even in the most severe cases, and the sooner the sufferer gets treatment the better the chance of recovery.