Category - Meditation

Meditation has become an alternative to fighting without drugs for complex problems such as depression or chronic illnesses such as pain, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems associated with stress, sleep problems, panic and anxiety, among others.

One recent finding showed that antidepressants do not provide long-term treatment because they suppress symptoms but do not address the cause. In fact, it was shown that 50% of patients who stopped taking antidepressants after feeling better relapsed, compared with 20% of those who continued.

Thus, it was recommended to take antidepressants indefinitely, but studies have shown that 30-40% of patients stopped taking antidepressants for several reasons, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, and side effects.

Faced with this problem, a study was initiated to determine which treatments were most effective for these patients, and it was found that the best results were cognitive therapy with efficacy equivalent to that of antidepressants and with a lower risk of relapse if started. From the diagnosis and continued.

However, studies have shown that at the end of therapy, there is again a risk of relapse. Therefore, it was decided to study more closely and find a methodology that would be cost-effective, since attending therapy for an indefinite period entails high costs for both the healthcare system and the patient.

Expert opinion.

According to Dr. Maria Amelia Bueno, Ayurvedic physician, from a scientific paradigm, cognitive therapy addresses people about how the mind works and what happens to thoughts and emotions, while mindfulness meditation techniques “are tools with which a person can change attitudes … with your emotions and thoughts, accepting them and viewing them as mental events that come and go, and not as reality, says the doctor.

Dr. Maria Amelia explains that mindfulness is intentional attention in the present moment and without judgment on things as they are. This is achieved through techniques that develop the ability to be aware of what is being experienced moment by moment: thoughts, sensations and emotions, and train the ability to decide where to direct attention.

“Mindfulness allows people who are at risk of relapsing depression to learn a few things, including how to relate differently to the emotions and thoughts that come up, observe if there are certain physical symptoms or bodily sensations associated with those emotions and thoughts, and recognize these deteriorating moods before returning to them, and use these techniques to cope with time.

The Ayurvedic physician explains that this is very similar to what Buddhism says about why we suffer. Buddhism says that we suffer from the way we relate to thoughts. It turns out that an idea or thought like “I’m not smart” may come to us, and we have two options. The first is to believe that this idea is true, and the second is to consider this idea as a mental event that comes, remains for a moment and leaves, without evaluating it, not expanding or rejecting, observing this idea for what it is: think, and nothing more. “And this is exactly what happens in mindfulness meditation, where we learn to watch closely what is happening to us moment by moment without identifying with it,” says Dr. Bueno.

According to the doctor, it is useful not only for depression, but also for many other chronic diseases and even healthy people. Research conducted in mindfulness meditation extends to various types of diseases with statistically significant positive results, including chronic pain, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems associated with stress, sleep problems, panic and anxiety, among others.

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