One of the worst things about depression is that it tends to recur. After a few episodes of depression, you are extremely likely to experience relapse in response to triggers and stressors – Mindfulness based depression therapy is clinically proven to treat depression and the relapse of it as good as anti-depressant drugs.
Michael Apollo has interviewed Dr. Zindel Segal Director of Depression studies at CAMH, Dr.Zindel Segal led the studies in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on the relapse of Depression, with the finding that Mindfulness treats depression better than anti-depressant drugs. This course can help you to avoid the slide into depression.
In a comfortable, non-judgmental setting, you will practice noticing sensations arising in you and be guided to overcome “Rumination” – which is the damaging state in depression of over analyzing your thoughts. and viewing them as facts.
Within this program you become re-accustomed to bringing your awareness to your breath and the present moment, rather than getting lost in thoughts that will deepen the anxiety.
Topics that will be covered include:
- “Becoming a Silent Witness”
- thoughts are not facts
- triggers that take away your awareness
- breath to bring you to the present
- letting go and self-compassion
- developing a relapse prevention action plan
- using home practice materials including guided mindfulness practice CDs and a workbook
With this state of relaxed awareness of your thoughts, emotions and body sensations, comes resilience; a new perspective and new possibilities for skillfully responding, rather than automatically reacting.
To view our interview with Dr.Zindel Segal, pioneer of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and head of the study which has found that Mindfulness treats Depression relapse as effectively as anti-depressent drugs, please click here.