Last updated on 6th July 2009
Here are six recently published research papers. Barnhofer and colleagues report on encouraging results using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for sufferers from chronic-recurrent depression while they are still depressed. The three major studies published already have used MBCT for recurrent depression while the sufferers are reasonably well. The next step will clearly be a fuller randomized controlled trial. Heeren and colleagues report on the how MBCT acts to reduce overgeneral autobiographical memoriy in formerly depressed patients.
Archer and colleagues describe the successful development and assessment of a group-based cognitive behavioural intervention for sleep problems. Participants' satisfaction ratings with the training were very high and there were very encouraging reductions in their sleep problems and depressive symptoms. Morin and coworkers also report on CBT for sleep problems, this time singly or combined with sleep medication. They concluded that "In patients with persistent insomnia, the addition of medication to CBT produced added benefits during acute therapy, but long-term outcome was optimized when medication is discontinued during maintenance CBT."