Meditation and mindfulness are highlighted as a good alternative for those seeking relaxation – and themselves.
But the sun also has its spots, and it is not uncommon for meditation practitioners to suffer negative effects.
This is the opinion of researchers from the USA and Brazil, who have published a compilation of studies on the subject in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavia.
Anxiety and depression
After studying 55 reports, the researchers found that eight percent of practitioners suffered from physical or mental but in retrospect. The most common were the psychological effects, mainly anxiety and depression.
The list also included psychoses, hallucinations and delusions.
To Aftonbladet testifies Pamela, 23, on similar problems caused by meditative exercises and programs:
– What I experienced was that I became very low, it was like falling into a black hole and I did not get up from there. It felt like the meditation triggered something bordering on depression, a depressive side of me, she says.
The researchers’ hope is that the study will nuance the image of meditation and mindfulness, as “excessive” focus is placed on its positive effects.
But that does not hold Michael Lindqvist at Stockholm Meditation necessarily with.
To News24 he describes meditation as a longer process, where the focus is always on the practitioner’s well-being. But that some experience the process as tough at times – it is not entirely uncommon:
– If you meditate, and do it for a long time, it is completely normal to encounter difficult feelings along the way. Then it is important to get the right kind of help, so you can let go and empty that anxiety, he says.
According to Lindqvist, an examination can therefore have very different results, depending on where in the meditative processing process the selected sample is.
– Have they received any help with these difficulties, or have they just been left to their fate? These are important questions to ask, Lindqvist tells Nyheter24.
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