Depression is a condition that affects many people’s lives. Unfortunately, many who suffer with depression don’t even know that what they are experiencing is depression. Some go to psychiatrists to get medication to help alleviate their feelings, while others seek help from psychologists to assist them in understanding why they are feeling the way they do in the first place.
In Toronto, doctors are finding that it’s not necessarily the medication that is helping them to combat depression. Rather, it’s a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation that is helping give clients relief.
According to an article from Angela Shawn-Chi Lu of Medill, psychologists using this method are recognizing that the benefit comes when clients learn to observe and correct their destructive ways of thinking which has in the past lead to their depression.
Last month University of Toronto researchers reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry that mindfulness based cognitive therapy, which mixes mindfulness meditation with cognitive behavioral therapy, is as effective as antidepressants for preventing relapses in depression.
Read more about the use of meditation in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy here.