Norwegian researchers have found that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Seventy-six patients were randomised to an eight-week MBSR intervention or a wait-list control. Those who completed treatment (eight did not) improved significantly on all outcome measures compared to controls. MBSR had medium to large effect sizes on anxiety and a large effect size for symptoms of depression, and the effect was maintained at six months follow-up. (Patients with anxiety disorders: evaluation in a randomized controlled trial. Behav Res Ther. 2011 Apr;49(4):281-8).

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