Meditation and Depression

According to the Center for Mental Health Services of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three visits to a physician’s office by women in the USA results in a prescriptions for antidepressant medication. Many factors contribute to the disease, yet experts agree that stress is the main cause of the psycho-physiological imbalances that give rise to depression.

Research finds TM® can reduce depression 50%

Research shows a decrease in depression with the TM practice. Example: In a study published in the Journal of Counseling and Development, patients suffering from post-traumatic stress problems who learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique showed significant reduction in depression after four months, in contrast to others who were randomly assigned to receive psychotherapy and did not show significant reduction in depression.

A recent study led by researchers at University of California Los Angeles shows that depressive symptoms decreased by almost 50% over a 12-month period among people practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, compared to controls.

These findings are significant for anyone suffering from depression, but are especially important for women. According to experts, women can succumb to depression under lower stress levels than men, and the female physiology produces more stress hormones than men’s and recovers from stress less quickly.

During TM practice, a decrease in stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol leads to reduced fatigue and stress in life and increased happiness. Women who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique experience less anger, less anxiety, and less depression. They naturally express greater tolerance, patience, harmony, and joy.

“Severely depressed people often believe they will never feel better,” says Dr. Nancy Leibler, author of Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way. “Because the TM technique gives us a feeling of fulfillment and calmness, it also gives hope.”

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