Can mindfulness therapy be more useful than drugs?

Posted on May 20, 2016

A new study has raised hope for its use in treating mental health problems. The biggest review of the practice by researchers at Oxford University found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could help to combat depression as effectively as drugs.

The University of Oxford’s department of psychiatry, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, also released research last year that found the MBCT course reduced the risk of relapse into depression by 44%. It adds to emerging evidence showing its effectiveness for treating generalised anxiety disorder and other mental health conditions.

As part of mental health awareness week, the Guardian posted a callout asking for those with mental health concerns to share their views on the effect of mindfulness on their wellbeing.

The responses to mindfulness were split. Some commented that mindfulness exercises helped with anxiety and depression, while others find that mindfulness not only doesn’t work, it also may make the problem worse. Despite the fact that some struggled with mindfulness (or it simply didn’t help with their issues), the overall message was that if you are given proper support then you have a higher chance of finding mindfulness beneficial. The most important thing, though, as pointed out by nearly all respondents, is to follow what feels right for you.

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Source material from The Guardian

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