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Front Psychol. 2015 Jan 12;5:1572. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01572. eCollection 2014.

Mindfulness training for reducing anger, anxiety, and depression in fibromyalgia patients.

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Department of Social Psychology and Methodology of the Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Psychology, University of the Basque Country San Sebastián, Spain.
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Health, University of Almería Almeríaw, Spain.


Fibromyalgia is a disabling syndrome. Results obtained with different therapies are very limited to date. The goal of this study was to verify whether the application of a mindfulness-based training program was effective in modifying anger, anxiety, and depression levels in a group of women diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This study is an experimental trial that employed a waiting list control group. Measures were taken at three different times: pretest, posttest, and follow-up. The statistical analyses revealed a significant reduction of anger (trait) levels, internal expression of anger, state anxiety, and depression in the experimental group as compared to the control group, as well as a significant increase in internal control of anger. It can be concluded that the mindfulness-based treatment was effective after 7 weeks. These results were maintained 3 months after the end of the intervention.


anger; anxiety; depression; fibromyalgia; mindfulness

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