Abbreviated Mindfulness-Based Therapy for a Depressed College Student
Clinical Case Studies
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2013
Pages: 360 - 372
Source ID: shanti-sources-108236
Collection: Mindfulness Studies and Undergraduates
Abstract: Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) has shown promise in reducing depression and psychological distress among individuals presenting with various medical and psychiatric problems. This case study examined the implementation of MBT with an undergraduate student with recurrent major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. A novel four-session MBT protocol was utilized and the patient demonstrated significant decreases in depressive and anxiety symptoms and an overall increase in quality of life at the posttreatment assessment. Treatment gains were maintained at the 1-month follow-up assessment. Consistent with previous treatment outcome studies examining the efficacy of comprehensive MBT interventions, results indicate that an abbreviated MBT protocol may be effective in treating depression and anxiety in younger adults.