Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be just as effective as anti-depressants in helping prevent people with chronic depression from relapsing, scientists said on Tuesday. Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting more than 350 million people worldwide.
Treatment usually involves either medication, some form of psychotherapy or a combination of both. MBCT was developed to help such people by teaching them skills to recognize and respond constructively to thoughts and feelings associated with relapse, aiming to prevent a downward spiral into depression. In the first large study to compare MBCT and anti-depressants, researchers found little difference in outcomes. In terms of cost, mindfulness training — often viewed as more costly because it requires more time with a trained therapist — was not significantly more pricey, particularly when given in group sessions, the study found.
In this study, 424 adults with recurrent major depression who were on maintenance anti-depressant drugs were randomly assigned either to come off their anti-depressants slowly and receive MBCT or to stay on their medication. While 212 patients continued taking their anti-depressants, the other 212 attended eight group mindfulness therapy sessions and were given daily home practice as well as an option to have four follow-up sessions over a 12-month period. Study results published in The Lancet medical journal showed that after two years, relapse rates were similar in both groups — at 44 percent in the therapy group versus 47 percent in the anti-depressant drug group. Paid advertising on The Open Mind may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. All the pictures and information shown on this blog are the property of their respective owners. Yoga for the Mind courses were developed by Heather Mason as a complementary therapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and stress, Courses run for either 6 or 8 weeks long and meet once a week for two hours. The Yoga for the Mind program is a complete investigation and journey into the body and the mind drawing on both ancient yoga principles and mindfulness meditation techniques that are the foundation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) one of the fastest growing new therapies for depression in the UK. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising.


Mindfulness has its roots in Eastern meditation practices which are thousands of years old.
Fixating on problematic thoughts not only leaves us vulnerable to negative emotions, but also pulls attention away from other things in the present moment.
Thoughts precede feelings, so keeping attention fixed on a negative thought will lead to negative emotions and, therefore, the most effective means of managing our feelings is managing thoughts.
The First Wave. Classical Behaviour Therapy is based on learning theory and behavioural principles, and is focussed on directly changing problematic emotions and behaviours through counter-conditioning negative emotions, or reinforcement of more appropriate behaviours. The Second Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on cognitive models of disorders and cognitive and social learning principles. Mindfulness is a way of approaching and tuning in to the present on a moment-to-moment basis, rather than withdrawing or escaping from it.
So, whenever we misidentify our true selves with an object, be it our thoughts, feelings, behaviour, bodies, relationships, careers, possessions etc. About UsHarley Therapy is a psychotherapy and counselling group established in London, UK, since 2006. This site is intended for educational and commentary purposes only, both of which are strictly protected by Free Speech.
The influx of these great traditions into the West provided psychologists not only with an expanded view of the self and of human potential, but also with effective techniques for focusing the mind and managing negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Ironically, people often try in vain to resolve these negative thoughts by giving them even more attention and going around in a vicious circle (obsessions), or even acting them out (compulsions).
Whenever we are not tuned into what that moment has to offer, we are essentially not living to our fullest potential.
CBT therapists help clients to change the thoughts assumed to precede problematic emotions and behaviours. Through changing how we observe and process thoughts, we are also changing their degree of influence in our lives.


However, there is something inside of you that is timeless and aware of all of these but, unlike the observable, finite objects, this witness in you is ever-present and unchanging. Shifting identification from finite objects to this witness in you, is the ultimate secret of the great traditions and the path to liberation from suffering. Again, like the first wave approach, the focus is on directly changing the thing itself i.e. In practice this process facilitates the development of broader, more flexible and effective emotional and behavioural repertoires. It is because of our tendency to establish a fixed sense of self through identification with objects in a futile attempt to protect the ego from fear of obliteration, that the practice of Mindfulness is as relevant as ever in our modern and complicated Western lives! The information on this website is not intended to replace your relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. These pictures have been collected from different public sources including different websites, blogs considering to be in public domain. There were also no significant differences regarding either time to a first mood episode recurrence or the total number of recurrences over the study period.
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