Mindfulness equal in effectiveness to antidepressants in depression relapse prevention

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Group therapy focused on mindfulness may be just as effective as maintenance therapy with antidepressants when it comes to patients with unstable remission of depressive symptoms, a study recently reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry found. The study was the first of its kind to measure the effectiveness of group mindfulness therapy against antidepressants for individuals with unstable depression remission. Zindel Segal, PhD, of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and colleagues, commenting, wrote, “For those unwilling or unable to tolerate maintenance antidepressant treatment, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy offers equal protection from relapse.” The researchers found a significant relationship between the conditions of acute-phase remission and ensuing prevention of relapse as well. “Our findings indicated that the quality of remission achieved during the acute phase interacted with the type of prevention treatment patients received to determine relapse outcomes during the subsequent maintenance phase,” the authors wrote. Click here to read more about this study.

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