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an exploratory mixed methods study of the acceptability and effectiveness of mindfulness

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Unformatted text preview: ople in the group indicated that the chronicity of their problems with anxiety and depression was a major motivating factor for participating in the program. "I was eh, at a stage, I still am at a stage, where I will do anything"-P1 "Because I have suffered for a lot of years with anxiety and bouts of depression"-P9 Avoiding medication was highlighted by only one of the participants as an important reason for persisting with the course. "I didn't want anti-depressants or things like that. I wanted to take control of things myself... ...I was determined when I started to stick to it, to get to the end of the course and understand what the course was about. I also went into it thinking this might not help me, but I am giving it a try. I am going to see it through and it did help."-P5 "(the MBCT course was) Something I could work with and something I saw myself practising out"-P6 "Because I've got severe anxiety and depression so I thought coming along to this I would be immediately cured – so I am disappointed in that"-P3 Being in a group This was the first time that any of the participants, except one, had been in a group 'intervention'. For several people this seemed to be an important normalising process. Themes such as being understood by the group, realising that you were not alone and being able to show emotion in a safe environment, emerged as common positive aspects to being in a group. "It was really good and I got to know other people as well, that I'm not on my own. There is other people with the same sort of problems which is good"-P10 For one man being in a group was an important turning point in his understanding of mental illness; "Don't ask me, what I was expecting the other people to be? Raving lunatics, people with axes in their hands, I haven't a clue – but they were not....it was you, it was my next door neighbour. They weren't giggling half wits. I know that is rather narrow minded but they were ordinar...
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