Mindfulness beneficial?

Is the evidence for the benefits of mindfulness compelling enough?

medcitynews.com

Study of apps for depression notes positive impact of cognitive therapy intervention, mindfulness

The buzz around behavioral health apps for identifying and managing depression is building to a dull roar. A new study evaluating apps supporting interventions published by the Journal of the World Psychiatric Association indicates that they are a promising self-management tool for depression, but that more (much more) research is needed to ascertain which specific aspects of these technologies produce beneficial effects, and for which populations.

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About Mindfulness

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much.

Paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you - can improve your mental wellbeing.

Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life.

What is mindfulness? How mindfulness helps mental wellbeing How to be more mindful Different mindfulness practices Is mindfulness helpful for everyone? More tips on wellbeing

What is mindfulness?

Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.

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There is not enough evidence to show mindfulness is worth the hype

  • Researchers from the University of Melbourne analyzed mindfulness and meditation to see if it helped with physical and mental health

  • They found a lack of evidence that it helps with stress, depression or pain

  • Studies rarely advanced past the first stage, meaning the researchers couldn't prove the benefits of different practices

  • Experts call for an improvement in the field of study in order to better understand the benefits

There is not enough evidence to show mindfulness is beneficial to someone's mental and physical health, a study claims.

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