Thus, without mentioning the potentially adverse effects in newspaper coverage and in meditation programs on campuses may lead some to discredit and dismiss students' adverse experiences that may have long-term undesirable consequences.
- it is a shame that this “discrediting” also comes in the form of those who have the luxury of not experiencing and perhaps not even noticing / connecting problems to their own practice as “your doing it wrong”.. or “other people are doing it wrong”.
More common, less serious MRAEs that have been reported in surveys of meditators who meditate less than an hour per day include increased depression, anxiety, or panic; reexperiencing of traumatic memories; dissociation; executive dysfunction; headaches or body pain; insomnia; and social impairment (Cebolla et al., 2017;Farias et al., 2020;Lindahl et al., 2017;Lomas et al., 2015). More serious MRAEs including mania, psychosis, and suicidality have also been reported, often in the contexts of intensive retreats (> 5 hr/day) or in conjunction with preexisting psychopathology
I can vouch that on intensive meditation retreats attended by myself, there were at least two persons in the group who had an awful episode, nobody rushed to help them, none of them got care, the group continued and those who had the episodes carried on with the practice only to become very deluded, perhaps in states of dissociation and psychosis.
People wonder why they suddenly have health struggles such as cptsd, anxiety, inability to contain thoughts.. etc.
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