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An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression

Overview of attention for article published in Psychology Research and Behavior Management, October 2012
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16 tweeters
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Title
An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression
Published in
Psychology Research and Behavior Management, October 2012
DOI 10.2147/prbm.s34937
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Teresa M. Edenfield, Sy Atezaz Saeed

Abstract

In recent years, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments have increased in popularity. This is especially true for treatments that are related to exercise and mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in the treatment of both mental and physical illness. MBIs, such as Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which are derived from ancient Buddhist and Yoga philosophies, have become popular treatments in contemporary psychotherapy. While there is growing evidence that supports the role of these interventions in relapse prevention, little is known about the role that MBIs play in the treatment of acute symptoms of depression and anxiety. Even less is known about the importance of specific components of MBIs (eg, mindfulness meditation [MM]) and the overall impact that these interventions have on the experience or expression of psychological distress. Moreover, few studies have rigorously evaluated the dose-response relationship that is required to effect positive symptom change and the mechanisms of change that are responsible for observed improvements. This review will define meditation and mindfulness, discuss the relationship between stress and health and how MM relates to therapeutically engaging the relaxation response, and review the empirical findings that are related to the efficacy of MM in the treatment of depression and anxiety symptoms. Given the paucity of research that examines the applications of these treatments in clinical populations, the limitations of applying these findings to clinical samples will be mentioned. A brief review of the issues related to the possible mechanisms of change and the dose-response relationship regarding MBIs, particularly MM, will be provided. Finally, limitations of the extant literature and future directions for further exploration of this topic will be offered.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Malaysia 3 <1%
Australia 3 <1%
United States 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Slovenia 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 448 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 96 21%
Student > Bachelor 88 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 65 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 44 10%
Researcher 29 6%
Other 92 20%
Unknown 49 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 202 44%
Medicine and Dentistry 72 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 29 6%
Social Sciences 25 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 20 4%
Other 54 12%
Unknown 61 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 45. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 June 2020.
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#589,084
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#16
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