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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Dec 14th 2010

Just recently, Zindel Segal, PhD and his colleagues found that taking a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8-week course was equally as effective in protecting against relapse in depression as taking medication. This has indications for people looking to come off their medications in a safer way, but we need to stay connected to the practices to continue to grow and maintain the gains. 

I’ve been teaching MBCT for a number of years now because my own experience tells me of the benefits of practicing mindfulness to come down from a story telling mind and ground back into the reality of the present moment. With depression it’s a natural fit as part of the depressive cycle is getting caught in convincing and believable stories of the mind that “nothing’s  going to change, I can’t help myself, and no one can help me,” closing the doorway to hope. 

Add in some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that helps take behavioral action when we notice the triggers to relapse and you have a very good formula for stopping that cycle and taking action toward greater health and well-being.

Now, here’s the critical element we need to be aware of. 

People think they can take MBCT and after 8 weeks have the tools to guard against relapse into depression. While that may be true, the brain has a strong inclination to fall back into old patterns, leaving us ready to the adage, “out of sight out of mind.”

Read in Full:  http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=41415&cn=5



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