Over several decades , numerous studies have shown that MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress reduction does enable change in people with a broad range of stress related breath problems. Data from trials indicate that when MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is compared with the treatment that people usually get, such as medication and support from their GP or mental health team , it is associated with a 44 per cent reduction in how likely they are to get depressed again- alyhough this is only true for people who have been depressed at least three times .

When compared with antidepression , MBCT is as good. Even though the course involves learning skilss that have not historically been part of mainstream Western Society , following the trials people reported finding mindfulness-based approaches extremely accessible and acceptable . As a result of these studies , the National Institute for Health andCare Excellent (NICE) the national body in the UK that advises healthcare professionals on treatments for physical and mental-health problems , recommendsa MBCT as one of its preferred treatments for depression.

Iterestingly, studies have shown that mindfulness can not only prevent depression , but also has a positive effect on the way the brain deals with underlying day-to-day anxiety , strees, depression and irritability . Although you will still experience these from time to time (because they are part of the human condition ), you will be able to recognize and respond to them more readily.

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