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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may reduce risk of recurrent depression


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Counselling & Psychotherapy Research
Reuters Health - 07/01/2021 - Patients with a history of major depressive disorder who completed a program of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) were more likely than controls to see improvements in their ability to self-reassure, a new analysis finds. Patients were randomly assigned either to a waitlist control group or to receive eight two-hour weekly group sessions where participants learned how habitual modes of negative thinking, feeling and behaving could contribute to depressive relapse, and how to be mindful of bodily sensations, emotions and thoughts, according to the report published in Counselling & Psychotherapy Research. Participants in the intervention showed significant improvements in the ability to reassure themselves, and reduction in feelings of inadequacy. Improvements in self-reassurance also predicted risk of depression relapse in the two years following the intervention. "Depression is a huge public health challenge," said t...


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