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

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Unformatted text preview: d when they practiced mindfulness meditation and one man found that mindfulness meditation techniques helped While some members of the group described very positive changes in mood and attitude as a result of completing the 8-week course, other participants found the course less helpful. One participant, who had suffered from anxiety and depression for more than 30 years, had hoped meditation would provide a 'miracle cure' and was disappointed this had not been the case. She spoke about on going family problems, expressing feelings of rejection and isolation and continued to experience high levels of anxiety. While she enjoyed the classes and found the 'thoughts and feelings' exercise very informative, at times she felt overwhelmed by the amount of new information. Importantly, she tended to conceptualise mindfulness practice in terms of relaxation alone and remained goal oriented while practicing meditation. Because of this she found herself judging her practice as successful if it induced relaxation and unsuccessful if she was tense or distracted. During the classes she found herself able to relax, but at home she spoke about becoming easily distracted by noises which she felt interfered with her practice and so in her opinion made the practices less effective. "Nothing has got worse. Just I know meditation would be a good thing and I would enjoy it if I could get into it. It's very beneficial and I think I it would have helped if it had gone on longer but it just wasn't long enough. I have still been putting the tape on but I'm not putting into it, you know, it doesn't seem to be working, I think it's because I know I'm not coming back to the class"-P3 Page 9 of 14 (page number not for citation purposes) BMC Psychiatry 2006, 6:14 Another participant with posttraumatic depression and anxiety, found the course interesting but not particularly useful to him. While he found attending the group a hugely normalising experience, he found the meditation practices irritating and difficult. He spoke about becoming irritated with t...
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