What is Mindfulness?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

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Mindfulness refers to being completely in touch with and aware of the present moment, as well as taking a non-evaluative and non-judgmental approach to your inner experience. The term comes from Eastern spiritual and religious traditions like Zen Buddhism.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 22 15
Depressed mood 20 14
Support quality of life 18 10
Post-traumatic stress disorder 5 3
Major depressive disorder 4 1
Stress 4 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 1
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mindfulness

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dissociation 1
Emotional distress 1
Feelings of hopelessness 1
Increased anxiety 1
Self injury or harm 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Mindfulness

Dosage Patients Percentage
1other as needed 3
1 other daily 2
10 min daily 2
4 hr weekly 1
2 hr daily 1
5 min daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
8 other five times daily 1
15 min four times daily 1
20 min three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Mindfulness

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 2
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
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Duration

Currently using Mindfulness

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 2

Stopped using Mindfulness

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 9
Usually 11
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 11
Not specified 14
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1 patient evaluation for Mindfulness

Mar 8, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for overeating)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (increased anxiety, feelings of hopelessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Felt better and more alive for two weeks or so, and then feelings of pain, sorrow and anxiety started to surface. Plunged into depression, hopelessness, increased anxiety and overeating. Took me over a year and a half to recover.

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