What is the basis of mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for the treatment of major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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MBCT [140] integrates elements of CBT for depression [131] and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). [138] CBT elements include decentering strategies such as recognizing that thoughts are not facts and that “I am not my thoughts”. [139] Further, while MBSR may apply to a wide range of problems, MBCT was developed specifically for individuals in remission from recurrent major depressive disorder.


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