In her recent Washington Post piece, Keri Wiginton discusses how nothing seemed to offer lasting relief in her long battle with depression. Was it hopeless? It sometimes seemed like it. But after disappointments with the usual pharmaceutical options, she discovered the power of meditation.

“I stuck with it every day. A month later, my attention felt more solid. I could see my thoughts more clearly. I was struck by how often I was caught up in a negative thought loop: Was I doing well at work? Did I get new wrinkles? Is the economy going to crash? The more I observed this habit, the more I interrupted it before it spiraled out of control. I could see the worry, and I could let it go without dwelling on it.”

Wiginton gets help with her meditation regimen using a smartphone app, and says that she’s been getting real results.