It’s fair to say that therapists of many stripes have integrated mindfulness meditation, either through the use of well-developed protocols, such as MBCT, or the integration of specific practices, such as the 3-Minute Breathing Space, into their clinical practices. But do we know, as is the case for pharmaceutical treatments, whether there are problematic side effects associated with its use?
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For the final post in our Motivation in MBCT series, we look at mobile app notifications.
Among women who are pregnant or postpartum, approximately 12-15% will experience depression, and among those who have been depressed in the past, 30-40% will be depressed again. This is concerning not only for moms, but also for their children, who are more likely to develop cognitive, emotional, and social problems as late as adolescence and early adulthood.
What are the elements that account for the positive effects that MBCT has on your clients’ lives? The truth is that we don’t know the answer to this question, and, in fact, the evidence that is accumulating suggests that the question itself belies some of the complexity.