Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an increasingly popular approach in treating stress reduction, pain management, and now self-management of depression symptoms.
A new study has enlisted people who were in remission from depression at the beginning of the study but who had previously been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder having had at least two past episodes and using antidepressant drugs. One group stopped their medication and was put on MBCT, the second group maintained their medication for 18 months, and the third group also maintained their medication except it was a placebo. All three groups were followed for the eighteen month period and were monitored for signs of a relapse. The researchers concluded that the mindfulness approach was as effective at preventing relapse as pharmaceutical drugs. Given the reduction in side-effects and the increased personal control and power that mindfulness meditative practices offer, they must be an option in future management of depressive conditions.
This news item was published by WellBeing magazine, Australasia's leading source of information about natural health, natural therapies, alternative therapies, natural remedies, complementary medicine, sustainable living and holistic lifestyles. On the WellBeing TV YouTube channel you will find a rich resource of information on natural health and living. Continue your WellBeing journey by reading and adding a comment on our most recent articles that provide a comprehensive coverage of all natural health, therapy, holistic healing and sustainable green living issues. Mindfulness training, which is often called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy or MBCT, could potential be used for treating depression as well as its other growing list of uses. The Oxford research echoes results from other studies that showed mindfulness training to be an effective alternative treatment.
With mindfulness training, someone learns to observe and acknowledge her or his own thoughts without judgment and then let them go. The Oxford researchers equated the program with training the mind and body to prevent another episode by responding more constructively to their experiences. The latest research involved 424 people who were already taking antidepressants to treat major down periods.
When the meditation versus medication question arises for treating a new patient, mindfulness is apparently as good as meds for treating depression.
In Istanbul, Turkey, on May 1, 2016, the police confronted illegal protesters in Taksim Square. Depression feeds upon itself and by it’s very nature creates even more negative thought patterns that increase the depression. When we practice being mindful we redirect our thoughts and become intensely aware of where we are and what we’re doing, while we’re doing it.  These practices, as obvious as they seem, are something we must consciously train ourselves to do. Another powerful mindfulness exercise is to become acutely aware of the sensations and feelings in our bodies.  The body and not the mind keeps you in and experiencing the “present moment”.
When we’re practicing being mindful we become aware of our thoughts.  Through this observation we become less identified with the thoughts themselves, more objective, and have the power to choose which thoughts to believe and which thoughts are pure nonsense.
Yes, that’s it, just quiet your mind and listen with awareness for the first 5 things you hear.

I have and give many Present Moment Awareness exercises that accomplish the same peaceful and aware feeling.
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One of the things not always spoken about is that major depression is recurrent: it comes back. MBCT uses mindfulness based meditation and teaches awareness of emotions so people can recognise the early signs of relapse into depression. In these sessions the people learned how to observe their thoughts and emotions and how to change their thought patterns from rumination to being able to reflect without judgement. The results showed that the mindfulness meditative practises of MBCT were as effective as the pharmaceutical drugs. WellBeing also focuses on natural approaches within the topics of ecology, spirituality, nutrition, pregnancy, parenting and travel.
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Below you will find the most recent Latest News Artciles put together by the co-editor of WellBeing Magazine, Terry Robson. But a growing number of studies are showing that mindfulness training can be just as good as meds in effectively helping people alleviate their depression and prevent recurrence.
In fact, researchers at the University of Oxford found MBCT to be comparably effective as antidepressants in preventing a depression relapse. Some believe the studies strongly encourage using MBCT as a tool to wean people off antidepressants, or avoid them entirely, without the considerable risk of relapse. Through guided mindfulness training and meditation people can increase their awareness of when negative spirals are starting. The person then replaced any negative or destructive thought patterns with more productive, positive ones. They were divided into two groups: one continued taking a maintenance dose of their meds to prevent relapse and the other titrated off their drugs while simultaneously learning MBCT.

Last year, a Johns Hopkins meta-data analysis reviewed numerous studies on meditation and depression; the results showed meditation to be largely as effective as antidepressants.
Two more pluses from these findings: Mindfulness therapy has no cost beyond the training, whereas people can be on medication for years.
I don’t think I need to give examples of common negative thoughts because if you’re reading this you may be intimately familiar with them.  Even if you’re not depressed we all have the occasional thoughts of “why me” or memories of a past hurt, or fears of a future rejection or happening of some kind. The mind drags you back to a past occurrence or a future worry or expectation.  The body lives in the present moment.
These mindfulness exercises are focusing our minds in a peaceful and positive manner creating a barrier against the black dog of depressive thinking. She is also a contributing author to the best seller, "Conversations That Make a Difference". It really helps us to realize that anybody can suffer from depression at some point in their life. You'll learn to manifest with her proven inspirational coaching and teachings to create a more fulfilling life utilizing present moment awareness, manifestation ann the Law of Attraction techniques. After experiencing a devastating life changing event, I had to learn a new way, an even better way. It also goes the extra step and offers ways to make lifestyle changes that will restore a balance in mood.
They consolidated this at home by doing a€?mindfulnessa€? practice: they noticed their minute-to minute thoughts, were compassionate to themselves, accepted difficulties, and made plans for responding to warning signs of a relapse. Both of these groups showed a 30 per cent relapse rate compared to a 70 per cent relapse in the placebo group. This is also combined with cognitive behavioral training that teaches how to resist or counter damaging thoughts or moods before the spirals turn to crippling sadness or hopelessness. The practice impacts depression by dealing with the intrusive and negative thoughts that lead to the most crippling symptoms. The latter group went through eight MBCT group sessions, was given instructions to practice at home, and had four subsequent in-person follow-up appointments.
When we’re mindfully doing whatever we’re doing we are no longer feeding the unhappy though patterns; our mood improves and eventually those thoughts rear their ugly heads less frequently.
Over the two-year study period, the relapse rates were remarkably similar – 44 percent in the therapy group and 47 percent in the medication group – indicating that the MBCT did keep the depression at bay for those who reduced their medication.

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