Research Finds Self-Compassion Can Relieve Depression

A new research study published in Journal of Affective Disorders shows that mindfulness-based compassion living skills can reduce depressive symptoms in people with chronic or recurrent depression. Researchers found that practicing self-compassion reduced the severity of depressive symptoms and these benefits lasted for at least six months after learning self-compassion skills.

The study compared 61 participants diagnosed with recurrent depression who took part in mindfulness-based compassionate living training versus 61 participants who received treatment as usual for depression. Participants who took part in the mindfulness-based compassion skills training did significantly better than those who did not and continued to do better six months later as well. 

Full article at Psychology Today

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