Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy May Improve Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

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therapyAccording to a study published in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may alleviate some symptoms of bipolar disorder by improving mood, emotional regulation, and well-being.

The study, led by Thilo Deckersbach, Ph.D. of the Massachusetts General Hosptial in Boston, examined the impact of MBCT in 12 subjects with bipolar disorder. A baseline clinical assessment was made for each participant before they were treated with 12 group MBCT sessions. Particpants were assessed immediately post-treatment and then again three months later.

The researchers found that participants: “demonstrated improved mindfulness; fewer residual depressive mood symptoms; less difficulty paying attention; and increased emotional-regulation abilities, psychological well-being, positive affect, and psychosocial functioning at the end of the therapy sessions and at the three month follow-up.”

The promising results of this study suggest that it would be useful to continue researching whether MBCT could become a viable treatment option for patients with bipolar disorder.

Read the study abstract

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