Helping Beat Stress, Anxiety & Depression
Mindfulness aims to treat the following conditions:Mindfulness Meditation helps to treat stress, anxiety, depression and compulsive behaviours.
- Compulsive behaviours.
Hyperarousal and flashbacks can be alleviated with mindfulness techniques and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and also reduce physical pain.
Mindfulness in Relapse Prevention
Patients are given the opportunity to learn how to recognise and regulate their cravings and the associated thought processes leading to cravings. These tools can be used in aiding relapse prevention.
How Mindfulness Meditation Works
Focusing on the here and now and acknowledging and accepting thoughts and feelings as they present is at the heart of mindfulness. Patients become skilled in recognising and detaching from negative feelings, rather than seeking a release via damaging behaviours, leading to a higher level of self-awareness.
Mindfulness and the Brain
Scientific research has shown that mindfulness can thicken the right pre-frontal cortex of the brain, the part most damaged by alcohol and drug abuse, and the area responsible for awareness, creativity, well-being and decision making.
Last updated & clinically assessed 4 February, 2021