Mindfulness for Depression and Anxiety

Dramatic skyTreatment based on a mindfulness approach has been successful in reducing depression and depression relapse, and well as treating other problems such as:

  • General Anxiety Disorder;
  • Substance Abuse;
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;
  • Disordered Eating;
  • Stress; and
  • Chronic Pain.

Mindfulness can be integrated into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches, to manage distressing thoughts that exacerbate negative mood, panic, or anxiety. The Mindfulness approach is used to view the self and world with acceptance and without judgement, to address behavioural avoidance.

Both Anxiety and Depression have serious behavioural side effects, due to the sufferer being bullied by distressing thoughts and emotional reactivity, and thus withdrawing from everyday activities. Mindfulness helps to reduce this cognitive bullying and re-institute present moment focus on functional behaviours. Mindfulness also helps with coping with the emotional aspects of anxiety and depression, involving acceptance. It can help to relax and calm the mind when people feel overwhelmed by emotion.

Abra GarfieldAuthor: Abra Garfield, Sport Psychologist BSc (Hon), MPsych (sport and exercise)

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