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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurring depression in older people.

24 Aug

Researchers from the Lancashire Care National Health Service Trust in the UK looked at the efficacy of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for older people suffering from depression.

Thirty-eight participants were recruited, 65 or older, to undergo an eight session course of MBCT. Thirty completed the course, and a pre- and post-test design was used. Measures were taken at the initial assessment, post-course and at one-year follow-up. Additionally, responses from interviews, plus comments at three-monthly ''reunion'' meetings provided data for thematic analysis.

The investigative team found MBCT to be promising as a cost-effective addition to a clinicians'' treatment repertoire for addressing depression in old age. The comments from participants indicated that they too considered MBCT a helpful intervention for older sufferers of recurring depression.

Citation: Smith A, Graham L, Senthinathan S. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurring depression in older people: a qualitative study. Aging and Mental Health. 2007 May;11 (3): pp. 346-57. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award