The Efficacy of Mindfulness-based Interventions on Mental Health

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Little, Lauren
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This thesis examines the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness for individuals facing mental health challenges. It begins by exploring the concept of mindfulness, tracing its definition, origins, and historical evolution from Eastern philosophies to its integration into Western cultures. Followed by an exploration of the common therapeutic approaches that incorporate mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) including Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The second section of this thesis focuses on the clinical application of MBIs, particularly their effectiveness in addressing anxiety and depression. While various therapeutic modalities incorporate elements of mindfulness, the focus of this thesis will be on evaluating the efficacy of MBSR and MBCT. Through an exploration of research findings and clinical applications, this thesis will highlight the impact of mindfulness on mental health and well-being.
anxiety , depression , mindfulness-based interventions , mindfulness-based cognitive therapy , mindfulness-based stress reduction