Can Buddhism Help With Mental Health? – Modern Koans

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Can Buddhism Help With Mental Health?

I was diagnosed with depression some time ago.. For me the practice of meditation, or open awareness, gives me the space to notice when my symptoms are increasing or decreasing.  This allows me to engage coping strategies and communicate with my doctor and therapist about my mental health issues.

I do know other people where practices like meditation do not help.  It can create a space for rumination and dwelling on negative thoughts.  But other aspects of the Buddhist view can be helpful to different people.

Medicine and therapy is the first line of defense, but for me Buddhism has been very helpful.

Do you have mental health challenges? Have you found Buddhist practice or philosophy helpful in dealing with your symptoms or the stigma that comes with mental illness? Has it backfired for you?  What warnings would you offer to someone considering Buddhist practice as a supplement to medical treatment?

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