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Mental Health: Mindfulness gains attention for stress, addiction

Posted By Adam Klawonn, PA-C, Thursday, February 15, 2018
Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Brief periods of inwardly focused meditation can reduce one's systolic blood pressure by 20 percent and cortisol levels by up to 50 percent, according to a recent study from Carnegie Mellon.

Researchers at the Pittsburgh-based university found that 144 stressed-out adults who participated in 20-minute mindfulness exercises using a mobile app did best when they were trained to "monitor the present moment with acceptance" before being exposed to known stressful situations. The study, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, was funded by yoga, meditation and psychology groups.

This follows numerous other studies revealing the beneficial uses of mindfulness, or "mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy" (MCBT), for other mental heatlh issues, such as addiction, depression, impulsivity and ADHD.

Looking for a mindfulness app you can recommend to patients? Check out this lineup from Marie Claire, and note that last year the apps Headspace, Calm and Mindbody had the highest ratings from iPhone App Store users.

--Adam Klawonn, PA-C

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