Whether mild, major, postnatal or bipolar, meditation is an excellent natural treatment for many different types of depression. It acts on a number of different levels to restore balance, harmony, rationality, and positivity to our mind and body - and studies have shown that after eight weeks of practise, participants demonstrate a 40-55% reduction in symptoms of PTSD and depression.
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- The problem
Dealing with depression, which is a hidden disease, can feel extremely bleak and debilitating.
As negative thoughts and inertia consume you, it is common to blame yourself for your condition. You absolutely shouldn’t.
All forms of depression are linked to an unhealthy production of neurotransmitters and hormones, which are vital to psychological well-being. In that sense, it is just as real a disease as diabetes.
According to eminent biologist Robert M. Sapolsky, “It is impossible to understand either the biology or psychology of major depressions without recognising the critical role played by stress.”
There may be many “apparent” reasons for the onset of depression; life events, a physical or psychological disorder, or a side effect of medications prescribed for other conditions for example.
However, the principal underlying cause is the chain reaction of physiological and hormonal responses we experience when the stress response is regularly activated.
When we are frequently stressed, our brain begins to lose its ability to shut down the secretion of glucocorticoids. If this becomes a permanent feature, we run a much higher risk of depression.
These steroid hormones cause problems with all three of the main neurochemicals involved in preventing depressive symptoms – dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin – all of which are essential to feeling happy, healthy and balanced.
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“This particular kind of meditation is very, very potent, and needs to be considered alongside, or maybe ahead of, some other interventions.
Norman Rosenthal, Psychiatrist, Author and pioneering Researcher (discovered SAD and introduced the treatment of light therapy)