Mindfulness Decreases Depression & Anxiety, Increases Hope


In a sample of 56 participants who met criteria for a mood disorder, anxiety disorder, and/or substance dependence, researcher from the Emory School of Medicine and OSU found that a mindfulness-based intervention (DBT) significantly lowered depression & anxiety and significantly raised hope. While mindfulness itself was not significantly increased, even the small changes in mindfulness ratings that were observed predicted the clinically significant changes that were observed.

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Kermit Cole
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].