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Meditation: Double the Benefits

Meditation can help you with depression. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a combination of a particular type of meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can reduce relapse rates by 50%. So meditation is a treatment option you should definitely explore. Did you know that meditation can also improve your general health? People who meditate have fewer hospitalizations for infectious diseases and much less heart disease. If you are a beginner you can use a guided meditation like Mindfulness for Beginners - you will be happy that you did!
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Treatment Options for Depression

It was interesting to see what our poll results were on this topic. We would expect that many would say seeing a therapist, working with a psychiatrist or both - and that was the case. What was surprising was that more than 20% felt that online forums and chat rooms were their best option. Perhaps this shouldn't have been a surprise since our audience was answering this poll online. A relatively small number of respondents said that participating in a support group was their best option.

It turns out that our preferences for depression treatment are not necessarily the most effective. For example there are over 200 different types of psychotherapy but only a few have been shown to reliably treat depression. There are also many different meds that can be prescribed but about a third of us don’t respond to meds. For the other two thirds it can take six to eight months to find the best prescription drug or drugs.   Read More »
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