Mindfulness can help as well against recurrent depression as medication, according to a British study where the Guardian newspaper today message about.
Mindfulness is a way to primarily focus on the “now”. The therapy teaches people to recognize negative thoughts and feelings when they come back, and how not get carried away. Instead of always to worry about things, they can learn you to accept it and to prevent you from becoming depressed again.
During the study, 424 participants joined this experiment. Half of this group was prescribed antidepressants for two years, the other half followed cognitive therapy based on mindfulness.
Of the patients who did mindfulness, received 44 percent later depression. In the group that took the antidepressants was 47 percent. According to scientists mindfulness works as well as medication for depression.
That’s good news for people who can not tolerate the side effects of the pills. Therapy can also be much cheaper in the long term than medications. “Instead of being dependent on medication, I’m with the therapy itself the master of my own future,” said participant Nigel Reed.
The research is published in the medical journal The Lancet.