Mindfulness Succeeds Where Antidepressants Fail


Research from the University of Bologna in Italy find that in a group of 29 subjects with major depression who had not been helped by antidepressants, those who were given  an 8-week course on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy improved significantly more on tests of depression and well-being than did people given a course of psychoeducation-as-usual for eight weeks.

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Chiesa, A., Mandelli, L., Serretti, A., “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Versus Psycho-Education for Patients with Major Depression Who Did Not Achieve Remission Following Antidepressant Treatment: A Preliminary Analysis.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Online July 13, 2012.

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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].