In This Chapter
Finding out about depression and anxiety
Discovering ways in which mindfulness reduces depression and anxiety
Exploring specific techniques
“You are not your illness.”
Depression, anxiety and addiction present serious challenges in our society. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the planet’s leading cause of disability, affecting 121 million people worldwide. About one in six people suffer from clinical depression at some point in their lives. About one in fifty people experience generalised anxiety at some point in their lives – feeling anxious all day.
Medical evidence suggests that mindfulness is very powerful in helping people with recurrent depression, and studies with anxiety and addiction look extremely promising too. If you suffer from any of these conditions, following the mindfulness advice in this chapter can really help you.