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Meditation-based Programs May Provide Some Benefits in the Treatment of Depression

July 12, 2022

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Meditation-based Programs May Provide Some Benefits in the Treatment of Depression

According to a recent study published in the journal "PLoS One," meditation-based programs may provide some benefits in the treatment of depression.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, used a randomized controlled trial design to evaluate the efficacy of a 12-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program in the treatment of major depression.

The results showed that the program was effective in reducing depressive symptoms and improving anxiety and stress related outcomes. In addition, the study found that the mindfulness-based intervention was also associated with reductions in rumination and improved self-reported quality of life.

"These findings suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may be a promising treatment option for major depressive disorder," said study author John Teasdale, Ph.D. "Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of other psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety and stress, and we believe that they may be equally effective in the treatment of major depression."

The study's findings support the growing evidence that mindfulness-based interventions are a promising treatment option for major depressive disorder and suggest that these interventions may be equally effective in the treatment of other psychiatric disorders.

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