The mind is a powerful thing. And it turns out it may also be therapeutic. New research, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, has found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is as effective as antidepressants in preventing a relapse of depression.
They found that all of these treated patients – whether they had mindfulness-based therapy or antidepressant therapy – had a reduction in relapse risk compared with placebo, which didn’t differ significantly between the two groups.
Relapse rates were 27% for antidepressant maintenance therapy, 28% for mindfulness therapy, and 71% for placebo.
Individually, mindfulness therapy was associated with a 74% reduced risk of relapse, and antidepressant therapy was associated with a 76% reduced risk.
It’s kind of like going to the gym and working a muscle, except in this case you’re not working a muscle in your body, you’re working the muscles in your brain that help you understand and control your emotions.
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