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Can meditation and yoga help with depression?

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Meditation is sometimes described as an altered state of consciousness. It can help you relax, which helps with your depression.

Yoga is part meditation, with specific body poses and breathing techniques. It also helps you relax. Practices vary, and some aren't recommended for people with certain medical conditions. Some evidence suggests yoga may be good for depression, too, but the evidence isn't conclusive.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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