Psychosocial Interventions: Meditation

Chapter

Abstract

  • Meditation training appears to be useful as a psychosocial adjunct to traditional cardiac care, including in cases of anxiety and/or depression. Several forms of meditation have been found to be effective in managing depression and anxiety and in enhancing self-care behaviors. In addition, meditation has an additional well-documented impact on the autonomic nervous system, by inducing a state of relaxation. There is also some evidence that some forms of meditation affect other systems involved in cardiac functioning, including emotional reactivity. Empirical evidence for these statements will be presented, as will descriptions of the major types of meditation and potential mediators of its effects. Lastly, we will present a case of a patient with cardiac problems who learned and practiced mindfulness meditation. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9780470685808
  • Start Page

  • 223
  • End Page

  • 231