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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2012 Nov;200(11):999-1003. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182718a61.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction for comorbid anxiety and depression: case report and clinical considerations.

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Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, USA. hhazlett@unr.edu

Abstract

Growing research literature has documented the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety and depressive disorders. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teaches a series of mindfulness meditation and yoga practices, delivered in a group format during eight weekly sessions plus one full-day session. This case report demonstrates how MBSR was associated with dramatic clinical improvement of an individual with symptoms of panic, generalized anxiety, and depression. Scores on clinical assessment measures suggested clinically severe levels of anxious arousal, generalized anxiety, worry, fear of negative evaluation, and depression at the beginning of the intervention. The scores on all these measures fell well within normal limits 7 weeks later at the end of the intervention, and no remaining symptoms were reported afterward. Increased life satisfaction and quality of life were documented as well. This case illustrates the potential benefit of MBSR as an alternative or adjunctive treatment for comorbid anxiety and depressive disorder symptoms.

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23124187
DOI:
10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182718a61
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