Somatic Symptoms and Mindfulness-Based Practices

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has been shown to be quite effective at helping people decrease symptoms associated with anxiety, posttraumatic stress, depression, and other mental health problems. However, little is known about how much MBCT could help decrease somatic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fibromyalgia, which are difficult and expensive to treat. Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation in Los Angeles conducted a study to see if MBCT could reduce somatic complaints. Researchers found that overall, MBCT was helpful at reducing symptom severity in most cases. Furthermore, the study participants also had improvement in overall quality of life as a result of MBCT.


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