Form of meditation helps reduce depression in MS patients: study


London, Ont. –

A new study shows that one type of meditation has benefits for patients newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Using mindfulness – the intense awareness of the senses and feelings of the moment – can reduce depression, according to researchers at the Lawson Health Research Institute.

Multiple sclerosis is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and central nervous system.

“Mindfulness brings people into the present moment rather than worrying about what might happen in the future or thinking about what happened in the past,” says Dr. Arlene MacDougall.

“It’s about centering yourself and gaining a sense of control over how you will react rather than reacting to what is going on inside or outside of you. “

Mitchell Kuska, 28, was recently diagnosed with MS and was part of the study.

“For me the scariest part has been the uncertainty and not knowing what the future holds. During treatment in the study, I noticed that I was more attentive to my symptoms, ”said Kuska.

“I was more in tune with myself and felt mindfulness helped me get into the right mindset to start treating MS. “

The first results of the study can be read here.

Researchers will also examine the effectiveness of mindfulness for patients with more severe MS.

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