Mindfulness

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Mindfulness has become very popular in recent years and we are seeing a large quantity of research published on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based group therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Mindfulness exercises are popular with the general public because they are easy to learn and quick to do, compared with a long wait for other forms of psychotherapy (e.g. CBT).

The published research covers a huge range of health problems and we have featured blogs on topics including anxiety, depression, substance misuse, psychosis, stress, binging and weight loss and the mental health of breast cancer patients.

Overall it seems that the uptake of mindfulness as an intervention and the popularity of this approach amongst service users and health professionals is some way ahead of the evidence. As is often the case, people are not waiting for high quality reliable studies before they start to practice an intervention which is accessible and (seemingly) safe.

Our Mindfulness Blogs

CBT reduces depressive symptoms in mothers with perinatal depression, but many questions remain unanswered

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In her debut blog, Kyla Vaillancourt summarises an umbrella review, which suggests that CBT is the most effective treatment for reducing symptoms of perinatal depression. However, many questions remain about psychological support for mothers, infants and families during the perinatal period.

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Temporomandibular disorders – management with psychological therapies

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This Cochrane review of the effects of psychological therapies in people (aged 12 years and over) with painful temporomandibular disorders (TMD)lasting 3 months or longer included 22 RCTs. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) was the most frequently studied but overall there was insufficient evidence on which to base a reliable judgement about the efficacy of psychological therapies for painful TMD

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Mindfulness in schools: MYRIAD trial findings offer limited support for school based mindfulness training

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Lucinda Powell reports on the findings of the huge MYRIAD (My Resilience in Adolescence) project, which looked at the effectiveness of school based mindfulness training across more than 100 UK schools.

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Behavioural therapies may reduce inattention symptoms in adults with ADHD

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Shubhangi Karmakar summarises a systematic review on the effects and feasibility of psychological interventions to reduce inattention symptoms in adults with ADHD, which highlights significant uncertainty in the field.

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The 4M model for promoting student mental health: mindfulness, movement, meaning and moderator-based interventions

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In her debut blog, Snigdha Dutta explores the 4M model for promoting university student mental health, explored by a recent systematic review which suggests that a combination of mindfulness, movement, meaning, and moderator-based interventions may help.

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School-based mental health interventions: reducing depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour

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In their debut blog, Rasanat Fatima Nawaz and Lauren Cross summarise a comprehensive review from the Early Intervention Foundation on school-based mental health interventions.

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Quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis: new systematic review looks at risk, protective factors and psychological interventions

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Elena Marcus summarises a recent systematic review on quality of life in adults with multiple sclerosis, which identified a range of promising psychological interventions for improving quality of life.

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Self-stigma and depression amongst sexual minorities: can mindfulness help?

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Brendan Dunlop summarises a recent Chinese cross-sectional study, which looks at how mindfulness may be useful in reducing self-stigma and depressive symptoms in lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

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