Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Demonstrates Dramatic Results

Mindfulness–focusing on the breath along with any associated  feelings and bodily sensations–is the simplest and one of the most researched forms of meditation.When integrated into cognitive or behavioral  treatments  –an  approach  called  mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)–it has been proven in randomized trials to be highly successful in treating a range of psychiatric conditions, something to which Basant K. Pradhan, MD,can at test.

An  assistant  professor of  psychiatry and founding director of  Cooper’s Yoga-Mindfulness Based  Psychotherapy  program, Dr. Pradhan is nationally  recognized for his expertise in yoga- meditation in mental health.He has developed evidence-based MBCT protocols– used with both adults and children–that he currently isusing in a study with 15 patients aged 7 to  17 to help ameliorate clinical symptoms  and improve coping skills. All have been diagnosed with ADHD,  and some with such  concomitant conditions as autism spectrum disorder,anxiety,depression,anger issues, cyclic vomiting and recurrent  abdominal pain. All began the study taking a variety of medications to manage symptoms.

“We’ve seen a lot of progress, sometimes after just  two  or  three  sessions,”Dr.Pradhan  reports, contrasting  this  with  the  six months   it  usually takes  to  determine pharmacologic  efficacy.  “Half of the patients are doing fine without medication.

Notably, many parents of the study participants are adopting the MBCT protocols for their own benefit, including stress reduction. “Kids don’t know how to help themselves,”Dr.Pradhan notes. “This gives them tools so they don’t feel isolated and overwhelmed, without any side effects.”

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