Close X
Get more out of
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.

Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

What Doctors Don't Tell You

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

July 2020 (Vol. 5 Issue 5)

Meditation is as effective as antidepressants
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Meditation is as effective as antidepressants image

Mindfulness meditation is an effective alternative to powerful antidepressants. It can reduce levels of depression and stress as much as powerful drugs and psychotherapy, a new study has found.

After eight weeks of meditation, symptoms of depression and stress scores had reduced in 31 people with either or both conditions, and their general sense of well-being—and a recognition of stressful triggers—had increased.

The participants were African-American women from a low socio-economic background, and who would not normally seek out help from doctors or therapists.

The findings show that “there are alternatives to traditional mental health treatment, such as mind-body approaches, that effectively alleviate symptoms and can be done in the comfort of the home,” said lead researcher Inger Burnett-Zeigler from the North-Western University Feinberg school of medicine.

During the study, the participants practised meditation and yoga four days a week, and for an average of 150 minutes a week. Before starting, 45 per cent of the women said they had had no experience of meditating, and 71 per cent had never tried yoga. Almost all of the women had done nothing to help deal with their depression or stress in the previous 12 months.


(Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.007)

You may also be interested in...

Support WDDTY

Help support us to hold the drugs companies, governments and the medical establishment accountable for what they do.


Latest Tweet


Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions..

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

© 2010 - 2019 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved