An introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Posted Aug 26 2008 11:44am
Just a quick post here, with a link to a good introduction to Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBCT), from Dr. Stephen Hickman at UCSD. MBCT was developed to address, and has been proven quite effective in decreasing, the chronic part of chronic pain. It doesn't change the physical conditions per se, but does reduce the reactiveness to that pain which, when unaddressed, reinforces or makes the pain worse.
I post this because the same principles that Dr. Hickman talks about also apply to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT), which I've written about here . (The research on MBCT shows it to be effective in cutting down the relapse rate for people with a history of reoccurring depressions.)