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Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression – study

May 2nd, 2015 by

Medical best practice is for people with history of depression to take antidepressants for two years – but cognitive therapy may be equally effective

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed from mindfulness techniques, which encourage individuals to pay more attention to the present moment, combined with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), specifically to try to help people who have recurring depression.

Related: Should we be mindful of mindfulness?

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