Mindful-Based Cognitive Therapy

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The Study of Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy Mindful based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an advanced program designed to prevent relapse in people who are recovered from depression, as well as other disorders. MBCT combines the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. Over the last five years give a take, (MBCT) had been making stride in a group therapy setting in array of different studies, everything from depression with suicidal tendencies, to post traumatic stress disorder, and even with cancer patients. Some consider it adaptation an Eastern medicine. Typically, they are run in eight week sessions in a group therapy setting, they also have weekly homework. It teaches participants…show more content…
Mindfulness practice has potential to be of benefit to individuals with PTSD, either as a tertiary or a stand-alone treatment” (Vujanovic). In teaching our veterans to notice the things that trigger their anxieties, they can be self-aware of when they feel an attack come on and redirect their behaviors. The VA even has an ongoing study on “Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy on PTSD and Relationship Function”. This study looks at the relationship between service members and their partners. This research is still ongoing and results have not been posted. In a pilot study, the results were as follows; “The data suggest group MBCT as an acceptable brief intervention/adjunctive therapy for combat PTSD, with potential for reducing avoidance symptom cluster and PTSD cognitions” (NCBI). The results go on to say that further research is needed. There are more and more studies being done on the subject as we are learning more about the disorder itself, hopeful one day soon we will have a better understand of all that happens biologically to those that are suffering from this disorder. A friend of mine who suffers from a traumatic brain injury as well as PTSD…show more content…
It is a process that takes a lot of commitment from the participants, and it becomes a new way of living. I think that for those that are committed to it, it will pay off in the long run. Before I started on my journey, I would have laughed off the mind-body connection. After all the things that I have learned, I don’t see how anyone can dispute the facts. If we are clouded in our judgment or thoughts, it can throw our whole way of thinking off. Kind of like if you wake up in a bad mood, that state of mind stays with you all day. You have to learn to let go of the negative and live in that moment. For some, that may be a hard ideology to grasp. I think that may be evident in some of the PTSD trials that had a higher than normal dropout rate citing that they didn’t understand the concept of treatment. More research needs to be done to understand the lasting

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