"Mindfulness" therapy found effective against depression

A team of researchers in England and Wales are suggesting that mindfulness therapy can be just as effective as medication in treating depression. Mindfulness trains people to focus their minds and help them realize that negative thoughts come and go.

For the study, 212 participants who were at risk for further depression underwent mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), while slowly reducing their depression medication. The participants went to guided meditation sessions. They were then taught to focus on the present and be proactive against any early warning signs.

This group was then compared to 212 other people who continued taking their medication for the full two years. By the end of the study, both groups had a similar number of people relapse. However, many in the MBCT group went off their medication.

The researchers concluded this type of therapy may be a suitable alternative for people who do not wish to take long-term medication or cannot, altought they noted that patients should not go off or reduce their depression medication unless under medical supervision.

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Sourced from: bbc.com, Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise'