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Okay so one of the reasons why I have been learning a little more about buddhism is that I have been struggling a little with my mental health, namely depression and anxiety.
I feel like buddhism, alongside advice from a healthcare professional would be a positive influence in my life and help me with my overall mental state.
My question is have any of you used buddhism as a positive influence in dealing with mental health issues? If so are there any particular practices or resources you found useful?
Sometimes, especially where anxiety is concerned I am unable to clearly identify emotional triggers and it manifests itself as horrible physical sensation in my stomch. Often times meditation can make this much more manageable (but so far only on a short term period.) but also regularly can amplify this feeling tenfold. Whilst meditating should I be trying to identify and resolve these triggers or should I continue concentrating on emptiness of the mind? Are there any meditation practices that are known to be good for people with anxiety and mental health issues?
Sorry for the long post guys.