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Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

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SPEAKING BOOKS

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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.

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Breathing meditation

The main purpose of breathing meditation is too increase the supply of oxygen in your system, In breathing you try to inhale air deeply that reaches your lungs and lungs get more activated, normally we don't breadth properly and lungs hence don't expand or contract to their maximum. This meditation is performed sitting with spine straight and breathing deeply or normal as you want with eyes partially or fully closed, this posture and breathing increases the supply of oxygen in our lungs and our heart gets stimulated. Increase supply of oxygen makes us feel more fresh and energetic within ten minutes of the practice. Right breathing process cures internal infections like cough, cold and also helps in proper functioning of internal organs.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation can be called ultimate meditation for anxiety. As the name suggests this meditation is done to relax your mind completely and bring your mind in state of harmony and calmness. It is very important to practice this meditation in a quite place where chances of disturbances and distractions are absent. Always choose a place where you don't get provoked or face any emotional turbulence. This meditation is done by sitting straight without any bending, choose a comfortable position and you can rest your hands on thighs. Often it is asked to concentrate couple of inches front to your nose. Concentrate on your breathing and it should not be forced. For starters it should first be done for 5mins and gradually increase with practice.

Transcendental Meditation

This meditation is unique, simple, helps in health improvement, concentration, and reduces stress and anxiety. It also works for insomnia, blood pressure and anti aging therapy. Transcendental meditation can be done sitting in a quiet place for 20minutes it could be done at home, office or while traveling. You can learn Transcendental meditation by joining place that teaches it, it is a technique, which can be acquired by an expert, as it needs some procedure unique to a person's personal requirement.

Side Effects of Anxiety Meditation Treatment (Who Should Avoid This Therapy?)

At times people go through meditation and anxiety disorder, Meditation is a practice and requires concentration, if you are going through high depression it is advisable to avoid it, Meditation requires peace and silence but a person with severe depression is often advised not to be alone as they can harm themselves.The breathing technique if not practiced properly might lead to nausea, sweating and palpitations. People with high blood pressure or any heart related disease should do it under a trainer. Like any other treatment meditation too should be practiced under a trained person or it may have severe effects.

Can Meditation For Anxiety Be Combined With CBT or Psychotherapy?

In medical terms meditation is a relaxing technique and hence it can be combined with CBT or Psychotherapy. As meditations distracts or deviates from the normal thought process it helps the patient to relax for some time. The effect of meditation is for short term as the person feels the same anxiety once meditation period is over.Meditation is a very personal feeling and a journey within. It is very difficult to suggest that everyone who practices it feels the same. It is much more beyond the feeling of relaxation. There is no doubt that mediation techniques help in reducing anxiety.

 

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