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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Jul;23(3):487-534. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2014.03.002.

Meditation and mindfulness in clinical practice.

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Attention, Memory and Cognition Center, 4641 Gulfstarr Drive, Suite 106, Destin, FL, USA; Committee on Integrative Medicine, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA. Electronic address: deb62288@aol.com.
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Committee on Integrative Medicine, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; National Capital Consortium, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD 20889, USA.

Abstract

This article describes the various forms of meditation and provides an overview of research using these techniques for children, adolescents, and their families. The most researched techniques in children and adolescents are mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, yoga meditation, transcendental meditation, mind-body techniques (meditation, relaxation), and body-mind techniques (yoga poses, tai chi movements). Current data are suggestive of a possible value of meditation and mindfulness techniques for treating symptomatic anxiety, depression, and pain in youth. Clinicians must be properly trained before using these techniques.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Anxiety; Children; Depression; Meditation; Mindfulness; Transcendental meditation

PMID:
24975623
DOI:
10.1016/j.chc.2014.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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