Mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness involves intentional and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on emotions, thoughts and sensations that are occurring in the present moment. The aim is to open awareness to present experiences, whether positive or negative, allowing thoughts to come and go without reacting, and accepting oneself and the experience.

What is the evidence for mindfulness?

Moderate quality evidence suggests small to medium-sized improvements in depression and anxiety, but not mania, with mindfulness-based interventions in pre-post treatment assessments. However, moderate to low quality evidence suggests no differences in any symptom when mindfulness-based interventions are compared with usual treatment.

April 2019

Last updated at: 3:25 am, 3rd April 2019
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