How mindfulness can mitigate the cognitive symptoms of depression

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., PsychCentral: Mindfulness, or paying full attention to the present moment, can be very helpful in improving the cognitive symptoms of depression. These debilitating symptoms include distorted thinking, difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness. Cognitive symptoms can impair all areas of a person’s life. For instance, poor concentration can interfere with your job or schoolwork. Negative thoughts can lead to negative emotions, deepening depression.

Focusing on the here and now helps individuals become aware of their negative thoughts, acknowledge them without judgment and realize they’re not accurate reflections of reality, writes author William Marchand, M.D., in his comprehensive book Depression and Bipolar Disorder:…

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  • Gloria Enoch
    May 12, 2013 11:40 pm

    I would agree with this article 100%. I started that with the work of Thich Nhat Hanh some years ago. I use the method as well today. If I am not balanced and am anxious and depressed I go back to the Mindfulness meditations.

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