It appears that a daily mindfulness and meditation practice might be as effective as a common medication for managing anxiety. In a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers divided almost 300 adults diagnosed with generalized anxiety, panic disorder, or social anxiety into either a group who received a daily dose of the medication Lexapro or a group who did weekly mindfulness classes and daily meditation. The participants who took the anxiety medication improved 20 percent on anxiety scales. The group who did the meditation and mindfulness practice achieved the same improvement. This practice might be appropriate for those struggling with anxiety who wish to avoid medication.
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