Transcendental Meditation A Safe, Effective Therapy Option For Depressed Seniors


Transcendental meditation a safe, effective therapy option for depressed seniors Results of a recent study presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine suggest that transcendental meditation may be an effective alternative remedy for people suffering from depression.

For the study, a research team from the Charles Drew University in Los Angeles and University of Hawaii in Kohala recruited a large group of adult patients over the age of 55 who were at high risk for heart disease, and had them undergo a clinical test for depression.

Respondents were then randomly assigned to participate in transcendental meditation classes or health education courses for a period of nine to 12 months.

At the time of follow-up, patients who showed indications of clinically significant depression decreased their symptoms by an average of 48 percent compared to those enrolled in the control group.

"The importance of reducing depression in the elderly at risk for heart disease cannot be overestimated," said Gary Kaplan, clinical associate professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. "Any technique not involving extra medication in this population is a welcome addition."

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.