Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) more effective than antidepressants

tibetan bowlEach week, it seems, more and more evidence pours in demonstrating the effectiveness of non-drug treatments for depression.

In a study, published December 1, 2008 in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, MBCT proved as effective as maintenance anti-depressants in preventing a relapse and more effective in enhancing peoples’ quality of life. The study also showed MBCT to be as cost-effective as prescription drugs in helping people with a history of depression stay well in the longer-term.

Over the 15 months after the trial, 47% of the group following the MBCT course experienced a relapse compared with 60% of those continuing their normal treatment, including anti-depressant drugs. In addition, the group on the MBCT programme reported a higher quality of life, in terms of their overall enjoyment of daily living and physical well-being.

MBCT was developed by a team of psychologists from Toronto (Zindel Segal), Oxford (Mark Williams) and Cambridge (John Teasdale) in 2002 to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression. It focuses on targeting negative thinking and aims to help people who are very vulnerable to recurring depression stop depressed moods from spiralling out of control into a full episode of depression.

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  1. Liz’s avatar

    Hello, This comment is regarding an older post about Vitamin K2. I am curious if there is a particular supplement that you would recommend? Have you tried Natto? Not sure it would work for me. :) Thanks, Liz

  2. Chris’s avatar

    I always recommend obtaining necessary nutrients from food if possible. Vitamin K2, MK-4 is only found in animal products. The best source is grass-fed butter from cows eating rapidly growing grass. K2 tends to associate with beta-carotene in butter, so the darker the color, the more K2 it contains (also, the better it tastes). Fish eggs, other grass-fed dairy, shellfish, insects and other organ meats are also good sources. Chris Masterjohn compiled a list of food sources in his excellent article on the Weston Price foundation website.

    If you can’t locate butter from grass-fed cows, or it is winter (like now), I suggest taking a high-vitamin butter oil supplement. This will be rich in K2.

  3. Gianna’s avatar

    are you familiar with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy? (ACT)

    it too is mindfulness based and I’m finding people respond to it very well.

  4. Gianna’s avatar

    oh and I should say it addressed anxiety too…it’s completely changed the life of someone I know who was agoraphobic…

    the text books are much better, in my opinion, than the workbooks for anyone who has studied psychology at all.

  5. Chris’s avatar


    No, I’m not familiar with it. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!


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