The Results Of This Study On Depression Even Surprised The Researchers
Study Compares Mindfulness Therapy With Pills For Treating Chronic Depression
Depression is certainly a complicated issue and one that affects a large amount of people. While medications are often used with some efficacy, we were encouraged to find this article reporting that mindfulness based therapy works as well or even better in many cases to help alleviate depression. If you suffer from depression or know someone who does, why not check it out?
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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed from mindfulness techniques, which encourage individuals to pay more attention to the present moment, combined with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), specifically to try to help people who have recurring depression.
It teaches people to recognise that negative thoughts and feelings will return, but that they can disengage from them. Rather than worrying constantly about them, people can become aware of them, understand them and accept them, and avoid being dragged down into a spiral leading back to depression.
A Recent trial study, published in The Lancet, a medical journal, involved a group of 424 adults from GP practices in the south-west of England, who were willing to try either the pills or the therapy.
…it established that mindfulness-based therapy is equally as good as drugs, which could offer a new option for those who do not want to be on medication for years….
The study also showed that the therapy might work better than pills for those who have some of the most troubled histories and are at the highest risk of relapse….