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Reducing depression through the Transcendental Meditation technique

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9 October 2011

Psychiatrist James Krag, M.D.,* discusses the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in decreasing depression.

Q: I sit around too much anyway. How could practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique help me? 

Dr. Krag:
The Transcendental Meditation technique tends to produce what is most needed in our lives—balance. It has a healthy ''normalizing'' effect.

So for people who have become too inactive, the regular practice of TM tends to lead to more activity. Conversely, if you have become active to an unhealthy degree, regular TM practice tends to lead to a more balanced life-style.

In my experience those who regularly practice the Transcendental Meditation technique have a more stable level of mood and activity.

Q: If I practice the Transcendental Meditation technique, will I still need to take antidepressants? 

Dr. Krag:
People with depression and taking antidepressants can certainly benefit from the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

The benefits of TM are accumulative and gradual . . . . don't rush it. It is important to allow the brain physiology to normalize. Continue with your medication and your meditation and later, after a period without depression you may choose to consult with your doctor about the possibility of tapering off. I recommend that you always work with your doctor regarding your medication and not stop it on your own.

Click here for more about reducing depression through the Transcendental Meditation Technique, including related research showing decreased depression, and increased efficiency and productivity.

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* James Krag, M.D., is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, former president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, and former president of the Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists for four years. He is currently Medical Director of Liberty Point, a residential treatment program for adolescents with psychiatric problems.

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