EEG Shows That Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Improves Brain Function in Bipolar Disorder


In a study of 12 patients with bipolar disorder and 9 controls, researchers found that after an 8-week training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy the patients showed improved attention as well as more normalized brainwave patterns in areas of the brain associated with attention. The results were published today in BMC Psychiatry.
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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I have practiced Mindfulness daily for a decade. It is common sense that if you keep your mind on what you are doing that you will feel much better. You will concentrate better. You will remember better. You will solve problems better. You will create new ideas and things better etc. etc. You will be much more content and enjoy life as it is. We don’t need any research to find out what our senses enjoy but we live in a world which unfortunately needs to have evidence for the obvious! Or worse still creates false evidence for what people in power want others to believe!

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