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  • Mindfulness and meditation can worsen depression and anxiety

    first_imgNewScience 14 August 2020Family First Comment: Still want this served up to classrooms of young children?“They found that about 8 per cent people who try meditation experience an unwanted effect. “People have experienced anything from an increase in anxiety up to panic attacks,” says Farias. They also found instances of psychosis or thoughts of suicide. The figure of 8 per cent may be an underestimate, as many studies of meditation record only serious negative effects or don’t record them at all, says Farias.”Mindfulness and other types of meditation are usually seen as simple stress-relievers – but they can sometimes leave people worse off.About one in 12 people who try meditation experience an unwanted negative effect, usually a worsening in depression or anxiety, or even the onset of these conditions for the first time, according to the first systematic review of the evidence. “For most people it works fine but it has undoubtedly been overhyped and it’s not universally benevolent,” says Miguel Farias at Coventry University in the UK, one of the researchers behind the work.There are many types of meditation, but one of the most popular is mindfulness, in which people pay attention to the present moment, focusing on either their own thoughts and feelings or external sensations. It is recommended by several National Health Service bodies in the UK as a way of reducing depression relapses in people who have experienced the condition several times.Enthusiasm for meditation may partly stem from a growing awareness of the side effects of antidepressant medicines and the difficulties some people report in stopping taking them. There have been some reports of people experiencing worse mental health after starting meditation but it is unclear how often this happens.Farias’s team combed through medical journals and found 55 relevant studies. Once the researchers had excluded those that had deliberately set out to find negative effects, they worked out the prevalence of people who experienced harms within each study and then calculated the average, adjusted for the study size, a common method in this kind of analysis.READ MORE: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2251840-mindfulness-and-meditation-can-worsen-depression-and-anxiety/#ixzz6VjwFkyWilast_img read more

  • T&T international footballer Shahdon Winchester dies in car crash

    first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago international Shahdon Winchester died here tragically early yesterday when the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision.Media reports said the Nissan X-Trail driven by the 27-year-old Winchester crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames, killing all four occupants.The accident occurred along the Solomon Hochoy Highway in south Trinidad.His death was announced by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), which offered its condolences.“Tragic and heartbreaking news just coming to hand,” the TTFA statement said.“Trinidad and Tobago forward Shahdon Winchester has been confirmed as one of the persons who have died in a vehicle accident this morning in Gasparillo.“This is truly tragic news for us. May his soul rest in eternal peace!”Winchester earned 23 caps and scored six goals for T&T after making his debut in 2010, and most recently turned out for the national side in an international friendly against Guyana two years ago.A winger, Winchester spent several seasons at domestic Pro League giants W Connection and also had spells in Finland, Mexico and Azerbaijan.last_img read more