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A training programme involving automatic self-transcending meditation in late-life depression: preliminary analysis of an ongoing randomised controlled trial

  • Akshya Vasudev (a1), Amanda Arena (a2), Amer M. Burhan (a3), Emily Ionson (a4), Hussein Hirjee (a5), Pramudith Maldeniya (a3), Stephen Wetmore (a6) and Ronnie I. Newman (a7)...
Abstract

Late-life depression affects 2–6% of seniors aged 60 years and above. Patients are increasingly embracing non-pharmacological therapies, many of which have not been scientifically evaluated. This study aimed to evaluate a category of meditation, automatic self-transcending meditation (ASTM), in alleviating symptoms of depression when augmenting treatment as usual (NCT02149810). The preliminary results of an ongoing single-blind randomised controlled trial comparing a training programme involving ASTM with a wait-list control indicate that a 12-week ASTM programme may lead to significantly greater reductions in depression and anxiety severity. As such, ASTM may be an effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of late-life depression.

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Dr Akshya Vasudev, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Western University, #A2-607, Victoria Hospital, 800 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5W9. Email: akshya.vasudev@uwo.ca
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R.I.N. is Director of Research and Health Promotion for the Art of Living Foundation, Canada and supervised the staff providing ASTM training.

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© The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2016. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial, No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) licence.

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A training programme involving automatic self-transcending meditation in late-life depression: preliminary analysis of an ongoing randomised controlled trial

  • Akshya Vasudev (a1), Amanda Arena (a2), Amer M. Burhan (a3), Emily Ionson (a4), Hussein Hirjee (a5), Pramudith Maldeniya (a3), Stephen Wetmore (a6) and Ronnie I. Newman (a7)...
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