Anxiety with a diagnosis of cancer can further decrease quality of life and impede adherence to therapy. Medication, while sometimes needed, can have its own side effects. A review of 28 randomized trials (including one involving Dr. Beck-Coon) with 3053 patients in JAMA points to reduction in depression and anxiety in this population.
Study reveals evidence that improved settled state of mind and body, no matter whether a "positive" or "negative" experience, is more likely to be present with previous MBSR participants.
A USC pilot with 18-26 yo PTSD sufferers with current substance use has encouraging results showing that just eight weeks of mindfulness training led to drops in stress and cravings improving chances of staying clean even six months later. A further 2-year, randomized controlled trial is planned.
Symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep disturbances are relatively common conditions that effect well-being in those with Multiple Sclerosis. These quality of life symptoms may be helped with mindfulness.
Research at Mayo clinic points to increased mindfulness as especially helpful for menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety and depression.
While this and another study with mindfulness training and police officers require affirmation in larger studies, the possibilities for reducing stress in this profession of high stress is significant.
No less than 35-40% of cancer patients suffer from significant anxiety and depression symptoms. Mindfulness-based therapy reduced anxiety and depression in a meta-analysis involving more than 1,400 patients living with cancer.
Relationships and emotional intelligence benefits are seen when parents and teens practice mindfulness.
This PBS article points out new science revealing that our brains need balancing to integrate the torrents of information in the digital age. Enter mindfulness.
Tired of Feeling Bad? Mindfulness and Emotional Resilience Scientifically & Experientially Connected
Behavioral neuroscience is finding that the more neurons that connect the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala in the brain, the more emotionally resilient one is; able to "bounce back" in the face of life's adversities or challenges. Mindfulness meditation strengthens these pathways of resilience.
In a world often characterized by the chaos of lay-offs, dashed hopes and "life unfolding", practicing mindfulness may be the best plan to ride the waves.
Charlie Halpern at University of California Boalt School of Law says, "It is making us more skilled and effective as lawyers, more focused, more active listeners, better at helping our clients and serving justice, and doing it in a way that is sustainable."
Harvard Health publications reports on a new study, published in the May 2011 issue of Neuroimage, that adds to the growing data suggesting that one effect of mindfulness meditation is increased brain connectivity.
We often take our (and others) precious lives for granted on the road. There is science to support mindfulness as a valuable practice in all of life-- including driving!
Mindfulness meditation Increase Well-being in Adolescent Boys: Researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed 155 boys before and after a four-week crash course in mindfulness. After the trial period, the 14 and 15 year-old boys were found to have increased well-being, including positive emotions such as happiness, contentment, interest and affection and functioning well.
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Occasional articles on the possible benefits of mindfulness practice