NeurologyPsychiatry

Mindfulness in Medicine Event Next Monday

By January 11, 2015 No Comments

Do you have an interest in Psychiatry or Neuroscience? Or both??
Join us on Monday January the 19th for a fascinating talk entitled:
Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications

The talk will be given by Dr. Elena Antonova who is a researcher at Kings College London, currently leading the UK’s first MSc in Mindfulness. Her main research interest is in the neuroscience of mindfulness with the application to the prevention, management, and treatment of psychosis and schizophrenia.

A bit of background about Mindfulness…
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by little, to let go of struggling with them. You come to realise that thoughts come and go of their own accord; that you are not your thoughts. You can watch as they appear in your mind, seemingly from thin air, and watch again as they disappear, like a soap bubble bursting. You come to the profound understanding that thoughts and feelings (including negative ones) are transient. They come and they go, and ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.

Mindfulness is at least as good as drugs or counselling for the treatment of clinical-level depression. One structured programme known as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is now one of the preferred treatments recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

 

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