How Does Mindfulness Reduce Depression? An Interview with John Teasdale, Ph.D.

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All over the world, research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can halve the risk of future clinical depression in people who have already been depressed several times—its effects seem comparable to antidepressant medications. But how? In 2007, renowned psychologists John Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segan penned the bestseller “The Mindful Way Through […]

Music Therapy to Treat Depression

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Several studies today show that music therapy– an evidence-based approach to therapy drawing on the healing power of creative lyrics and song composition–can be a useful treatment for depression. In one study published in the “British Journal of Psychiatry,” 79 depressed adults were assigned to receive standard care only (psychotherapy and medication) or standard care […]

Depression and the Body: Recognizing the Physical Symptoms of Depression

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Most persons recognize the classic symptoms of depression: sadness, fatigue, guilt, an inability to concentrate or make a decision. However, rarely does anyone associate a backache or migraine with depression. In a recent survey, 69 percent of persons who met the criteria of depression consulted a doctor for aches and pains. Physical symptoms are surprisingly […]

Get a Hold of Yourself: 3 Kinds of Deep Breathing

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Deep breathing has become increasingly important in my recovery from depression and anxiety because I recognize that shallow breath contributes to my panic. In fact, at my worst hours, I would use a paper bag to keep from hyperventilating. The practice of deep breathing stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), responsible for activities that occur when our body is […]