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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

By: Josh White, MA, LCMHC, CGPPosted: Section: Articles

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, is designed for relapse prevention. It's especially useful in cases where an individual has an exceptionally virulent case of depression. Imaginatively called an MDD, or Major Depressive Disorder, it's the prerogative of MBCT to eradicate such episodes. One method this is accomplished comes via meditation. Certain meditative techniques teach those in the throes of depression to deal with incoming thoughts without attaching a reaction to them.

Mindfulness Therapy For Addiction, Depression, And Failure To Launch

The idea is to help the afflicted individual avoid unhealthy self-criticism. This process also allows the individual to keep from ruminating over the same things repeatedly, which can result in a downward spiral of mood, social relationships, and life choices. There is a pattern to depression, and MBCT breaks it.

Depressive disorders that benefit from MBCT often result from things like addiction, or a failure to launch. Sometimes a young person fails to launch because they're too depressed. They allow the continuous cavalcade of negative thoughts to determine their actions, and seem helpless to dam the tide. But research shows that young adults can overcome this condition through treatments like MBCT. Studies suggest that the most successful application of MBCT will often accompany an individual who has struggled with several incarnations of major depression.

Learning To Be Mindful Of One's Thoughts 

Mindful Of One's ThoughtsMBCT recognizes that the patterns triggered by things related to the depressive cause tend to control the individual. By teaching that individual to be mindful of such triggers, thoughts, or memories, said individual becomes empowered to transcend their emotional reactions. This is a step toward adulthood that everyone must eventually take, but in today's world, it is increasingly difficult to follow through with.

Teenagers today are fed a steady diet of whimsy that starts with "follow your heart" and ends with "you have a right to be happy at all times". Certainly there is truth to following those core elements of our individual nature, but oftentimes this mindset is used to vindicate spontaneous poor decisions. Consider teenaged sexuality, as an example. 

Society Can Have A Real Impact On Behavior

In a society where expectation is fostered through programs that breed entitlement, young adults today often experience cognitive dissonance when the reality of life shows them that the happiness of the moment can't be continuously applied in every life situation. Realizing this can cause depression, and ruminating on it intensifies that depression. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy presents reality, provides perspective, and arms those suffering from such symptoms to overcome them mentally before negative choices are made.

Author Josh White, MA, LCMHC, CGP

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Founder / Executive Director Josh White, Sensei, MA, LCMHC, CGP earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Naropa University, the nation’s premier mindfulness-based therapeutic training institution. A recognized leader and innovator within the young adult treatment field, Josh has pr..

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