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Mindfulness therapy for depression

Antidepressant prescribing in the UK is at an all time high; with 20 per cent more prescribing occurring in Scotland than in England.

There is growing recognition surrounding the need for alternatives to drugs for treating depression.  Previous studies have revealed that mindfulness meditation is effective in helping people to accept, and deal with, their negativity.

Recent results from a randomized controlled trial, published in this month Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, has found that Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is as effective as antidepressants for treating long term depression. The relapse rates among participants in the MBCT group were lower and quality of life was higher compared to those taking drugs.  Not only this, but MBCT is cheaper and easier to administer than therapy or drugs. To read the press release click here To access the article, which you may need to pay for, click here

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