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Meditation Reduces Depression, Fatigue, and Anxiety

A new study reports that a form of meditation known as mindfulness may help patients with some of the mental and physical problems often associated with Multiple Sclerosis, a nervous system disease that can cause muscle weakness and memory problems, among other symptoms.

The study compared multiple sclerosis patients who meditated to those who didn't. Participants in a mindfulness meditation program reported lower levels of fatigue and depression than those receiving standard care.

USA Today reports:

“Those in the meditation program, in fact, improved in almost all the measures of fatigue, depression, anxiety and quality of life, while those who received usual medical care declined slightly on most of the measures. For instance, those who took mindfulness training saw their depressive symptoms drop by more than 30 percent than those study participants who took no training.”

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