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Brian Morreale

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Psychological Sciences

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Heike Peckruhn and Matthew Ward


Researchers identified how Buddhist-based therapeutic practices can improve the mental health of patients. The literature review examined how Buddhists (Buddhist monks or Buddhist practitioners) deal with depressive symptoms. Buddhists have been found to be less depressed than Westerners. Different Buddhist practices, including meditation, integrated within therapy were identified in studies conducted throughout Asia and America. The prevalence of Buddhists who have depression was researched by observing geographic locations where Buddhism is popular. Buddhist beliefs were also identified to further explain how the therapeutic practices were effective. A Buddhist practitioner’s response towards depression is paramount for psychologists and counselors to understand to help treat patients. Professionals must be aware that there are cultural therapeutic practices that are effective. Buddhist therapeutic techniques help Buddhist practitioners respond to depression and provide a diverse framework within their professional practice. The studies concluded that different Buddhist practices were effective in the decrease in depression.