A recent news story reports on growing evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness therapy, which “encourages patients to focus on their breathing and their body, to notice but not judge their thoughts and to generally live in the moment.”
The article continues, “It may sound a bit squishy and New Agey to some, but.. experts say mindfulness has something that discredited theories of the past never had: solid evidence that it can help.
Stefan Hofmann, a professor of psychology at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders said, “I was skeptical at first. I wondered, ‘Why on Earth should this work?’ But it seems to work quite well.”
“Hofmann and colleagues burnished the scientific credentials of mindfulness therapy with a review article in the April issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
“After combining results of 39 previous studies involving 1,140 patients, the researchers concluded that mindfulness therapy was effective for relieving anxiety and improving mood.
“The treatment seemed to help ease the mental stress of people recovering from cancer and other serious illnesses, but it had the strongest benefits for people diagnosed with mood disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and recurring depression.”
Continued in article: Mindfulness therapy is no fad, experts say, By Chris Woolston, Los Angeles Times January 8, 2011.
The image is from the cover of a CD program: Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression by Elisha Goldstein, PhD, who explains how mindfulness can help us get control of anxious thinking :
“With things like depression or anxiety oftentimes people have certain styles of thinking, like catastrophizing, which is this idea that we are always expecting disasters, something terrible is going to happen from some little event that happens.
“We really blow it up and magnify it and this tends to amplify our anxiety.
“But people can become more aware of their habitual style of thinking. Not judge it as good or bad, but just almost with a sense of curiosity, almost like they are noticing it for the very first time and say, “Oh, catastrophizing is happening right now.”
“As soon as they notice that, they step outside of it. It’s no longer controlling them.. they can in essence learn to again control their mind instead of their mind controlling them so that they can make a choice what they want to do at that moment.”
From the Anxiety Relief Solutions site page: Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression – CD program.
Also see multiple articles by Morty Lefkoe on changing self-limiting beliefs – such as Is It Possible to Get Rid of Your Stress?
You can try his program free at ReCreateYourLife.
Article publié pour la première fois le 11/01/2011