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.

June 2020

Last updated at: 4:50 am, 29th June 2020
To view documentation related to this topic download the files below
Fact Sheet Technical Commentary

NeuRA Libraries

Title Colour Legend:
Green - Topic summary is available.
Orange - Topic summary is being compiled.
Red - Topic summary has no current systematic review available.