Mindfulness Predicts Relapse/Recurrence in Major Depressive Disorder After Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy:
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2008
Pages: 630 - 633
Source ID: shanti-sources-70751
Collection: Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Depression
Abstract: Empirical evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulnessbased cognitive therapy (MBCT) is encouraging. However, dataconcerning the role of mindfulness in its relapse preventive effect are lacking. In our study, 25 formerly depressed patients received MBCT. Mindfulness was assessed before and immediately after MBCT using the Mindful Attention and Awareness Scale. Mindfulness significantly increased during MBCT, and posttreatment levels of mindfulness predicted the risk of relapse/recurrence to major depressive disorder in the 12-month follow-up period. Mindfulness predicted the risk of relapse/recurrence after controlling for numbers of previous episodes and residual depressive symptoms. The results provide preliminary evidence for the notion that mindfulness is an important factor in relapse prevention in major depression.