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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Lowers Rumination in Patients With Depression

Key clinical point: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) reduced rumination in depressed patients compared with nondepressed controls.

Major finding: The researchers used a breathing focused task and determined that mindfulness reduced rumination in depressed patients, compared with controls, and that MBCT plus treatment as usual significantly decreased negative thought intrusions compared with treatment as usual.

Study details: The data come from a study of 73 adults with treatment-resistant depression and 106 nondepressed controls.

Disclosures: The study was funded in part by Fonds Psychische Gezondheid, the Netherlands Foundation for Mental Health. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Cladder-Micus MB et al. Cogn Ther Res. 2019. Aug;43(4):666-78