Thursday, March 03, 2016

Neurologists Use Mindfulness Protocols

From Practical Neurology 12/2015

Mindfulness training—mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction—is an evidence-based group program for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and building long-term capacity for emotion regulation, stress coping and enhancing quality of life.

It combines training of attention to moment-by-moment experience with practising a self-caring attitude and insight into self-defeating patterns of thought and behaviour.

It has been applied effectively in diverse clinical groups, including neurological patients and a variety of physical and mental health conditions.

It may be particularly relevant for people with long-term or deteriorating conditions.

It is best learned in a formal 8-week course. It is worth suggesting self-help and online formats to those who are sufficiently motivated.

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