Prevention of relapse/recurrence in major depression by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2000
Source ID: shanti-sources-22253
Zotero Collections: Contemplation by Applied Subject, Psychiatry and Contemplation, Psychotherapy and Contemplation, Health Care and Contemplation, Neuroscience and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation
Abstract: This study evaluated mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), a group intervention designed to train recovered recurrently depressed patients to disengage from dysphoria-activated depressogenic thinking that may mediate relapse/recurrence. Recovered recurrently depressed patients ( n = 145) were randomized to continue with treatment as usual or, in addition, to receive MBCT. Relapse/recurrence to major depression was assessed over a 60-week study period. For patients with 3 or more previous episodes of depression (77% of the sample), MBCT significantly reduced risk of relapse/recurrence. For patients with only 2 previous episodes, MBCT did not reduce relapse/recurrence. MBCT offers a promising cost-efficient psychological approach to preventing relapse/recurrence in recovered recurrently depressed patients.