Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Yes, depression is always clinical depression. It is in the mind. The clinical depressions have been treated at NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences).
Have you heard about this institute? It is a premier institute based in Bangalore. Also AIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) recently conducted a seminar where 600 doctors presented papers on the effects of breathing techniques and meditation on various diseases, such as diabetes, cholesterol, heart conditions, depression, and many other neurological conditions.
As a layman, though I have a doctorate degree, but it is only an honorary doctorate, I am not very much qualified to talk about that, but cortisones in the system reduce, stress hormones reduce in the body while meditating. It also increases positive energy, so pressure goes away.
You know, I get about seven to eight hundred emails every day where people share the healing that they have undergone. Not just in India, right from Mongolia, Japan, to Argentina.
I think here in US also they have done the research in Harvard University, The University of Wisconsin and The University of Pennsylvania. Also University of Oslo has done some research. Dr. Farid from University of Oslo, who has studied genealogy has said that meditation has an impact on our genes. It is interesting. You may like to contact Professor Dr. Farid in the Oslo University.