Meditation Helps with Mental Health

Friday, December 14, 2012


Almost all Canadians are directly or indirectly affected by mental illness through a family member, friend or colleague. The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that 20 percent of the country's citizens will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime, regardless of age, education or socioeconomic factors.

The World Health Organization lists depression, schizophrenia and addiction as three of the five most common illnesses affecting people between the ages of 18 and 44. Most of these individuals are in need of treatment, and as people are being made aware of the issues surrounding mental health, opportunities for treatment and care are growing.

Current Treatments
Most treatment for mental illness revolves around the use of therapy or counseling and prescription medicine. Drugs acting as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors are effective as a means of treating depression, and along with proper counseling and personal therapy it can provide a solid base for care.

While there are many different aspects of treatment for mental health, there is rarely one form that works best for every patient. Care can also be elusive for many of those in need, with only an estimated half of affected individuals seeking treatment for their problems. For those concerned about the side effects of medication or hesitant about the potential to become dependent on drugs, there are some alternative forms of treatment using more natural approaches.

Meditation May Help Relieve Problems
Evidence suggests that a form of meditation called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can work as a replacement for antidepressants, according to the National Post. Several aspects of meditation, including silence, the control of consciousness and the act of calming the mind are extremely helpful when facing mental illnesses. Practicing proper meditation techniques can help individuals improve their health without subjecting themselves to drugs.

Meditation is only be one potential treatment, and most individuals suffering from mental health issues are best served by a variety of different methods. Regardless of how troubled persons receive help, it is best if they have supportive professionals with them every step of the way.

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