If you or a loved one is struggling with life’s circumstances, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can help. If you’d like to learn what this therapy is, what it’s used for, and the benefits associated with it, please continue reading.
What Is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Used For?
This therapy helps people learn to manage their thoughts and emotions, instead of allowing either one to rule them or color their perception of the present. Mindfulness therapy helps seniors focus on living in the present, so that they can better cope with major changes, illnesses, and other challenges. This therapy may involve learning exercises and techniques that help lift depression and cultivate an appreciation for the moments they experience day-to-day.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can be used to help people of all ages. When used to help senior citizens, it often focuses on improving depression, especially in those with vascular disease, traumatic brain injury and other health conditions.
This treatment may also be used to help those with anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, or those with major depressive disorder. It may also help those with cancer, diabetes, chronic pain and epilepsy maintain their well-being and avoid depression.
What are the Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?
The major benefit of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is having more control over one’s thoughts and feelings. While this sounds simple, it is a powerful intervention for those who are facing major changes or hard times. Having more control over one’s thoughts and feelings can significantly reduce stress and improve your mood. For seniors, this can transform their life from one that dreads the future or resents the changes that come with age, into one that focuses on the great joys life offers.
How Effective is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?
Although mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a recent innovation, much research has been done on it. The therapy has been proven to be effective for those who have a major depressive disorder, which means they have experienced at least three episodes of depression. Further, those who have symptoms of depression as a result of physical injury may also find relief with this treatment. It has also shown promise in treating anxiety and addictions.
How Long Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Take?
A single session of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy takes from 60 to 90 minutes. How many sessions your loved one will need to treat their condition depends on their current life circumstances among other factors. However, their therapist can give an estimation to help you predict their therapy needs after a consultation.
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