New scientific research has proven that meditation can cure depression, but the pharmaceutical industry is holding meditation back and forcing pills on people.
A new study has shown that mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, a form of meditation, can cure depression as effectively as pills.
Termed MBCT, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy was developed by our good friend Jon Kabat Zinn. Mindfulness teaches people to be focused on the present moment, rather than on their thoughts. This naturally combats depression.
You can learn MCBT for free in our complete guide to using meditation for depression.
Effectively, mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy teaches people to recognise, accept, and let go of their negative thoughts. When practicing mindfulness, people learn to recognise the true nature of their thoughts. This gives them power over their mind, enabling them to take control of their depression. And that is how meditation can cure depression. Incidentally, this is also just one of more than a hundred proven benefits of meditation.
Science has proven that mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy and meditation can cure depression as effectively as pills.
A recent trial published in The Lancet, a medical journal, had 424 British adults either take pills or try therapy. Half the test group were allotted to pills and the other half to sessions of mindfulness. The latter group stopped taking their medication completely after a winding-down period.
“The relapse rates in the two groups were similar, with 44% in the mindfulness group and 47% for those on the drugs,” reports British newspaper The Guardian. “In each group there were five adverse events, including two deaths.”
Scientists Say Meditation Can Cure Depression More Effectively Than Medication
Lead author Willem Kuyken, professor of psychology at the University of Oxford said, “Our hypothesis was that [therapy would be more effective than pills].” The results showed that meditation is equally as good as medication and that meditation does offer a new option for people trying to overcome depression.
Nigel Reed, who has been suffering from depression and who took part in the study, says, “Mindfulness gives me a set of skills which I use to keep well in the long term. Rather than relying on the continuing use of antidepressants, mindfulness puts me in charge, allowing me to take control of my own future, to spot when I am at risk and to make the changes I need to stay well.”
The study also showed that mindfulness might work better than pills for those people who are at high risk of relapse.
Professor Mulder Says Meditation Should Be Offered As An Alternative Treatment For Depression
Professor Roger Mulder, of the University of Otago New Zealand, believes that mindfulness should be offered as a therapy for patients because it lowers the cost and also has less side effects. “We have a promising new treatment that is reasonably cost-effective and applicable to the large group of patients with recurrent depression.
Professor Mulder also states that drugs are not working as expects. “Despite the increased use of drugs, the long-term outcome of mood disorders has not improved in the modern era. “
And yet despite these facts the pharmaceutical industry continues to force pills on people. And that despite the mounting placebo research.
Current best practice, endorsed by Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is to encourage people with a history of recurrent depression to remain on antidepressants for at least two years.
And this despite the fact that science has consistently proven that anti-depressants have extremely harmful side-effects including anxiety, nausea, migraines, and even suicide. “Many people do not wish to remain on medication for indefinite periods, or cannot tolerate its side-effects,” says Prof Richard Byng, from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
It’s time the picture changed. It’s time to stop forcing drugs on people and to start offering a healthier and safer solution instead.
Meditation can cure depression. And it is one of the healthiest cures for depression. But which kind of meditation should you use?
Research shows that meditation can cure depression. And the majority of research so far has looked at mindfulness meditation. But there are actually many more types of meditation that can help with depression.
Did you know that there are over thirty different types of meditation? Each of those different meditations has its own specific benefits. And that means that the right meditation for me might not necessarily be the right type of meditation for you.
In order to help you find the perfect meditation for you, I’ve put together a big free guide of every major type of meditation. Be sure to have a good read of that. The meditations you find in that guide will help depression. And they will also do a lot more too.
So what do you think? Is meditation better than medication? Leave a comment..