Psychotherapy and pharmacological solutions are some common treatment options for patients with mental disorders. But other treatments for psychiatric disorders are increasingly popular.
Recently, doctors have recommended alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga for mental problems, especially anxiety disorders and depression. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology of children and adolescents, significant changes were observed in the brain regions that control the emotional processing of youth who received treatment of mindfulness.
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Mindfulness therapy increases the activity in the brain
The nine participants aged 9-16 years underwent a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while they were involved in continuous performance tasks with emotional and neutral distracters before and after 12 weeks of cognitive therapy based on the full consciousness.
"Our preliminary observation that the therapy mindfulness increases activity in the part of the brain known as the cingulate name, which addresses the cognitive and emotional information, is remarkable," said co-senior study investigator Jeffrey Strawn MD, associate professor in the Department of psychiatry and behavioral Neurosciences, and Director of anxiety disorders research program.
Speaking of the effectiveness of mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness-based healing interventions improve the use of thoughtful practices to improve current awareness when conscious feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations to more effectively manage adverse experiences.
These alternative approaches to traditional treatments offering new enhanced strategies to deal with psychological problems.