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Unformatted text preview: : Two 'typical' symptoms plus at least 2 'other' for 2 weeks. Usually distressed by the symptoms and has some difficulty
in continuing with ordinary work and social activities, but will probably not cease to function completely.
Moderate Depressive Episode: Two 'typical' plus at leas 3 'other' preferable 4 and to marked degree.
Severe Depressive Episode: Considerable distress or agitation (or retardation). Page 3 of 14
(page number not for citation purposes) BMC Psychiatry 2006, 6:14 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/6/14 Table 3: Qualitative Interview format Semi-structured using questions around 5 themes
1. Participants overall impressions – "in general what did you think of the overall approach?"
2. The course techniques/methods/materials – "what aspects of the course did you find beneficial", "what aspects of the course did you find difficult/
3. The format of the course – "what did you think about the length of the course?"
4. Ongoing mindfulness practice – "are there any techniques you continue to use?"
5. Coping skills – "do you feel better able to cope with adversity than before you started the course?", "has anything changed for you since you
completed the course?" b) Guided Sitting meditation – cultivating a decentred
awareness in relation to physical sensations, sound and
c) Mindful Stretching and Mindful Walking – developing
awareness of bodily sensations through movement
d) The 3-minute breathing space – an exercise in bringing
attention into the present moment, developing a greater
awareness of the effects of difficult experience on
thoughts, feeling and physical sensations.
e) Mindfulness in everyday life – bringing awareness to
routine tasks such as eating and washing
Because concentration is affected in depression, a decision
was taken to shorten some of the longer meditations; the
body scan was reduced from 40 to 30 minutes and the
guided sitting meditation reduced from 40 to 25 minutes.
Shortening the practices is a contentious issue within
MBCT circles. While on the one hand mindfulness training involves developing a more decentred approach to difficult experience, and longer meditation sessions provide
a greater opportunity to encounter experiences such as
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2013 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor H during the Spring '11 term at ENGECON University.
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