Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy for Depression
When we are depressed we feel that we are never going to get out of our hopeless situation, whether it’s a breakup or complicated relationships that just do not seem to run smoothly no matter how hard we try, it can even be loss of a loved one. Depression is a serious illness that has a direct impacts our brain directly. It is not something casual as feeling down one day and then better the next. Depression is caused by changes in the brain chemistry. Researchers suggest that factors such as changes in hormone levels, genetics, grief or stress negatively affect the brain which in turn can precipitate changes in the brain chemistry that later on lead to multiple symptoms. of depression.
Fortunately, depression is not an incurable illness. You can overcome depression by harnessing your brain’s natural antidepressant power in the form of mindfulness, which enables you to create a resilient brain. Through mindfulness we can transform the spiraling downward trend of self-pity and hopelessness to an upward spiral of resiliency and self-worth, all happening in our brain.
”Mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment”, says Professor Mark Williams, former director at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. “Mindfulness is about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.”
Mindfulness lets us think deeply about the psychological pain we are going through, it helps us to stand back from our own thoughts and observe their patterns and place of origin. By thinking deeply and figuring out the causes, we can train ourselves to not allow those thoughts take over our peace of mind or affect it in anyway. There are many psychological issues that people suffer from which are very hard to let go off, but mindfulness helps us deal with those destructive thoughts and makes us aware of the present moment and find ways to deal with our issues in the right way.
There are various types of psychotherapy that healthcare professionals rely upon and suggest depending on each individual’s symptoms and characteristics. Changes in lifestyle, involving better eating and sleeping habits, optimal physical activity and various ways of stress reduction have helped many individuals treat their depression better than medicines. But a better and more long-lasting approach to treating depression with guaranteed positive outcome is Mindfulness based cognitive therapy which allows an individual to pay attention to his present moment and become aware of himself letting go of all destructive thoughts that lead him / her to depressive and anxious spirals.
Through mindfulness, each of us can build up and protect our brain from depressive thoughts and slow down the sections in our brain that foster those thoughts. When you empower your brain to be resilient, you grow stronger and are able to present moment by realizing it’s worth. Mindfulness is all about meditation and regular yoga, sitting by yourself silently and paying attention to your thoughts in your head and sounds around you, feeling the sensations of your breathing, all this helps in bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander by letting you take control of your brain.
– Darshana Doshi