Depression and burn-out
Research on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has found that these techniques more than halve the relapse rate for people who have had depression - from 78% to 36%.1 Meditation changes our relationship to negative thoughts and emotions giving a non-attachment to them and therefore, we are not controlled by them so much.
In adolescents, mindfulness reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression, and somatic distress, and increases self-esteem and sleep quality. 2
For professionals with high stress loads such as doctors, Mindfulness has also been found to enhance wellbeing, reduce burnout and mood disturbance with increased empathy and responsiveness to their patients.3
- Ma SH, Teasdale JD. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2004;72(1):31-40.
- Biegel et al. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology (2009) vol. 77 (5) pp. 855-66. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0016241
- Krasner MS, Epstein RM, Beckman H, et al. JAMA. 2009 Sep 23;302(12):1338-40.