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Mindfulness meditation may prevent depression: study

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

can help reduce major depression and alleviate its symptoms, a study has found.

Researchers from and Chinese found that for patients with subthreshold depression who have not had a major depressive episode in the past six months, training is a feasible method of preventing major depression.

In the study, 116 adults with subthreshold depression who received the usual care with no psychological intervention were compared to 115 people who received training.

Intervention participants were invited to attend weekly two-hour mindfulness training sessions for eight consecutive weeks.

At 12 months, there was a statistically significant difference in the incidence of between groups (11 percent in the mindfulness group compared to 27 percent in usual care).

Mindfulness training also had a small effect in reducing depression symptoms. Other secondary outcomes demonstrated no significant change.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 16:56 IST