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Clin Psychol Psychother. 2014 Sep-Oct;21(5):411-9. doi: 10.1002/cpp.1847. Epub 2013 May 28.

Mindfulness-based narrative therapy for depression in cancer patients.

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Psychiatrist.Psychiatry Service, La Paz University Hospital, IdiPaz, Autonoma University, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

Mindfulness-based narrative therapy (MBNT) is a therapeutic intervention for the treatment of depression in cancer patients. In a previous randomized controlled trial, MBNT was found to ameliorate anxiety and depression, improve functional dimensions of quality of life, and enhance treatment adherence. In this review, we describe MBNT and its technical characteristics in the context of other psychotherapeutic interventions for depression in cancer patients. We highlight needed adjustments to other narrative approaches and recommend clinical modifications tailored to the needs of cancer patients that are intended to encompass the client's initial depressive narrative. The narrative construction is supported by emotional regulation and attachment relationships on the one hand and by individual and social linguistic capabilities on the other. Through destabilization of the depressive narrative, MBNT facilitates the emergence of new meanings using both verbal and non-verbal techniques based on mindfulness. The attitude and practice of mindfulness are integrated throughout the therapeutic process. In summary, MBNT makes use of linguistic interventions, promotes mindfulness and emotional regulation, and can be adapted specifically for use with cancer patients.

KEY PRACTITIONER MESSAGE:

In this review, we describe mindfulness-based narrative therapy (MBNT) for the treatment of depression in cancer patients. In a previous controlled trial, we found significant benefits of MBNT in terms of reducing depressive symptoms and improving treatment adherence and quality of life in depressed, non-metastatic cancer patients. Narrative construction is socially and neurobiologically derived. MBNT makes use of linguistic interventions, promotes mindfulness and emotional regulation, and can be adapted specifically for use with cancer patients. MBNT is proposed as an interesting and promising intervention, particularly for patients with somatic pathologies.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer; Combined Treatment; Depression; Mindfulness; Narrative Therapy; Oncology

PMID:
23716367
DOI:
10.1002/cpp.1847
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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