Meditation-which come in many variations-has long been acknowledged as a tool to master the mind and cope with stress. Science is increasingly validating those claims, especially for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Over 600 research studies on one form of meditation, Transcendental Meditation, indicate the positive effects of this stress reducing technique.
Yoga and meditation are described separately, but it should be recognized that meditation is an integral part of yoga and difficult to separate out.
Mental Health Implications
Meditation is especially beneficial for reducing stress. Studies show it can also reduce depression and anxiety, and help people manage chronic pain.
This brief summary highlights the material covered in our full analysis on meditation, available here.
Meditation can be difficult for people with anxiety or stress.
Breathing and relaxation are good for almost everyone. Meditation can benefit people who have mental health conditions, as well as those who do not.
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