Although mindfulness has seen an increase in academic interest in recent decades, there are very few studies on mindfulness for schizophrenia. However, there is considerable empirical evidence to show that mindfulness meditation is an effective therapeutic tool for a variety of mental health disorders, including generalized ones. anxiety disorder, ADHD, social anxiety disorder and depression, in addition to being a valuable aid in reducing stress and pain relief.
What is mindfulness?
The two components that are common to most definitions of mindfulness are:
The attention component, which refers to the ability to intentionally regulate attention and is mediated by a deliberate and sustained observation of thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and other stimuli as they occur in the present moment and, The acceptance component, which implies maintaining an attitude of openness and receptivity to these experiences instead of judging them, ignoring them or minimizing them, especially when they are unpleasant (Bishop et al, 2004).
There are some case reports that describe the clinical applicability of different meditation techniques to individuals suffering from schizophrenia spectrum disorders with persistent negative symptoms. These researchers claim that meditation in a group setting may have the potential to reduce the penetration of negative symptoms such as anhedonia (an inability to feel pleasure) and asociality, while increasing the factors that contribute to a lasting recovery such as hope and the purpose in life.
When asked, individuals suffering from schizophrenia claim that continuing meditative practices can be difficult without guidance or supervision. Many who have access to training and supervision firmly affirm that this practice significantly reduces the intensity of persistent symptoms. The debate about the effectiveness of mindfulness for schizophrenia continues, and it is clear that more research is needed, not only to confirm or refute the possible benefits, but also to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the actions of this ancient practice.
Read the full article "Mindfulness for schizophrenia" written by Dr. Swarajit Ghosh at Practo.com here: https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/mindfulness-for-schizophrenia-11109/post
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