Mindfulness…

An interesting article exploring how mindfulness meditation may help alleviate depression and possibly anxiety.

Before you have a read of the article, remember mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally. Also recall the the work Jon Kabat-Zinn (1979) in which chronically ill patients were recruited into an eight-week stress-reduction program (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) as they were not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his newly. Since then, substantial research has now been mounted to highlight the effectiveness of mindfulness comparably to other psychological interventions.

Link to article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-mindfulness-good-medicine/

Additional Reading:

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness. Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Guilford Press, 2007.

The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Therapy on Anxiety and Depression: A Meta-analytic Review. Stefan G. Hofmann et al. in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 78, No. 2, pages 169–183; April 2010.

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