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Mind Body Healing: Meditation Beats Medication for Depression

Posted Dec 09 2008 9:15pm
As we approach the long dark winter months we also enter that time of year that favors depression. Thankfully there are treatments for depression ranging from herbal supplements like St.John's Wort and psychotherapy to medications like Prozac.

For those with depression stemming from problems with serotonin secretion in their nervous systems medication seems to be the best hope for an effective treatment. These are those people with moderate to severe depression.

Well, there is new hope in the form of a treatment known as mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT). A new study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology showed that MBCT rivaled medications in the treatment of depression.

The study examined 123 subjects suffering from repeated episodes of depression who were referred to the study by their MDs. Researchers used 2 groups. One was a control group that continued taking antidepressant medication. The other group was treated with MBCT. After 15 months the MBCT group experienced a greater quality of life and less relapse than the medication group.

The meditation treatment consisted of a series of Buddhist meditation techniques in which participants focused more on the present than the past or future. The treatment can be administered in groups conducted by one therapist. MTCT was developed in 2002 by psychologists Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale.

Chalk another one up for mind-body healing!

Peace and Healing,

Dr. Bruce

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University of Exeter (2008, December 2). Depression Treatment: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy As Effective As Anti-depressant Medication, Study Suggests.
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