NewScience 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/#ixzz6VjwFkyWi
Executive Director of Tamale City FC Jones Alhassan Abu has backed calls to drastically reduce the number of teams that currently participate in the Division One League.A Committee has been set up to oversee the conversion of the league from 48 teams to 18.According to the veteran administrator the format will make the Division One League more commercially viable.“I think that ideally an eventual transition from a 48 club to an 18 club Division One will serve Ghana Football.“I say this because football was not invented in Ghana,we imported it from somewhere else.“If you look at the major epicenters of the game both in Europe and in Africa there are very few countries that run a second tier league with that number.“This is because it makes it unwieldy“Also the administration of football is largely dependent on broadcast rights and also sponsorship while match day revenue account for a small fraction.“Because we have a 48 team league it makes it very difficult to attract the right type of sponsorship,” the veteran administrator stated. Meanwhile the GFA has set up a 5-member committee to oversee the smooth transition of the 48-club Division One League to an 18-club competition.