New research finds a mindfulness-based stress reduction program is as effective as an antidepressant in treating anxiety disorders. For years, researchers have been touting the benefits of a meditation and mindfulness practice for anxiety and depression.
This is one of the first to compare mindfulness to using an antidepressant called Lexapro. Led by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, the findings have been published in JAMA Psychiatry November 9th.
“Our study provides evidence for clinicians, insurers and health care systems to recommend, include and provide reimbursement for mindfulness-based stress reduction as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders because mindfulness meditation currently is reimbursed by very few providers,” says Elizabeth Hoge, MD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program and associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown.
Anxiety can be highly distressing. They include generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder and fear of certain places or situations. Drugs that are currently prescribed can be very effective. Yet, many patients do not respond well to them or dislike the side effects (like nausea, sexual dysfunction and drowsiness.)
According to Georgetown University Medical Center, the clinicians recruited nearly 300 people between June 2018 and February 2020 from three hospitals in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., and randomly assigned people to either MBSR or the anti-depressant.
“It is important to note that although mindfulness meditation works, not everyone is willing to invest the time and effort to successfully complete all of the necessary sessions and do regular home practice, which enhances the effect,” Hoge said.
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