Mindfulness As A Treatment For Depression

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Psychology is one of the youngest lines of science and there is still a lot to be learnt about it. Before the use of anti-depressants, one of the first treatments used by psychologists was psychoanalysis which was founded by Sigmund Freud in 1852. Then later treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy formally known as electro shock therapy were used. Currently the most common treatment for depression is medication such as antidepressants as they are proven to be extremely effective in treating the symptoms of this mental illness. However even though there are so many treatments for mental illnesses such as depression the biggest issue we face with depression is its habit of being a reoccurring problem. The purpose of this essay is to discuss mindfulness as a treatment for depression. In the essay not only its effectiveness towards the treatment and prevention of depression but also how it treats and prevents depression is discussed. This was until psychologists found a more effective way to not only treat but prevent the symptoms of depression using mindfulness as a therapy. Although, mindfulness is not a very well-known treatment it has been found to be very effective of turning the lives around of sufferers of mental illness.
Mindfulness, a seemingly effective and relatively new approach to assist in treatment or prevention of some mental health disorders; one being depression. Depression affects 121 million people worldwide and is the cause of over 850,000 deaths each
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