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

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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 Page 3 of 14 (page number not for citation purposes) BMC Psychiatry 2006, 6:14 Table 3: Qualitative Interview format Semi-structured using questions around 5 themes 1.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/ unhelpful?" 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 cognition. 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 frustration, physic...
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