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quastion about depression and meditation
« on: September 30, 2015, 04:15:54 am »
i meditate every day for over a year and i have depression,meditation helps with the depression but for short periods of time.
i want to try anti depressants but i am afraid it will change my mind and affect the meditation.
what do you think about combining meditation and anti depressants?

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Re: quastion about depression and meditation
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2015, 06:42:08 am »
Hi 6alagol6 and welcome to FreeSangha.

No two people respond the same to anti-depressants, so you should follow your healthcare provider's advice when it comes to whether you need anti-depressants or not --- it should be noted that the use of meditation in combination with treatment has become commonplace, so you should also seek a referral from your heathcare provider to a therapist who has some experience in utilizing meditation.

There's an article by Tara Brach that you will find worth reading:

http://blog.tarabrach.com/2013/08/can-you-medicate-meditation.html


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Re: quastion about depression and meditation
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2015, 07:25:40 am »
thank you for your reply
the article was exactly what i was looking for

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Re: quastion about depression and meditation
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2015, 09:46:54 am »
Hi 6alagol6,

Consider the use of appropriately prescribed and medically monitored psychiatric medications like prosthetics for the brain, and as an agent of effective and affective consequence for the mind.  It is not likely that you would complain if you lost a leg and your doctor prescribed a prosthetic lower limb to allow you to walk.  Nor would you likely resist if you lost a hand, and were offered a bionic replacement which would allow you to regain your ability to manipulate objects in your hands, or continue to do meaningful work.  Communicate results and  raise any beneficial results, or concerns to your medical professional, thereby helping them to make adjustments as appropriate given the effects you experience.

Keep in mind that the primary purpose of meditation in the beginning is to learn how our minds truly work.  During this experiment in learning avoid efforts to attempt to control the mind.  Just relax, observe and become familiar with the various aspects of the minds behavior:  Thoughts arising, dwelling for a time and then passing away like clouds from far horizon to far horizon.  In this way become familiar with emotions, feelings, opinions, ideas, memories, motivations, and all the other mental factors, which arise, dwell for but a time, and then pass away.  Note their impermanence, and their turbulence.

When taking appropriately prescribed medications, meditate under their influence and note any noticeable changes.  What is the same?  What is different?  Are the effects that are different beneficial, or causing you difficulty?  Report this experience to your medical professional so that they can make appropriate changes.

Make all of this a part of your practice.  As Buddha recommends:  "verify and validate for  yourself"...because it is your practice, no one else's. :pray: :r4wheel:
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Re: quastion about depression and meditation
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2015, 12:46:19 pm »
It also needs to be stressed that some forms or types of meditation need to be avoided at all cost, such as those those that utilize imagery --- this is another reason you should seek a referral from your healthcare provider.

 


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