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 20 13
Depressed mood 20 14
Support quality of life 16 7
Major depressive disorder 4 1
Post-traumatic stress disorder 4 1
Generalized anxiety disorder 3 0

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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
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mindfulness

Side effect Patients
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
1other as needed 4
1 other daily 2
15 min daily 2
20 min three times daily 2
4 hr weekly 1
2 daily 1
2 hr daily 1
5 min daily 1
10 min daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Mindfulness

Multiple reasons could be selected

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

Currently using Mindfulness

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2

Stopped using Mindfulness

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 9
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 9
Not specified 12
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1 patient evaluation for Mindfulness

Mar 8, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for overeating)
  • Side effects
    Severe (feelings of hopelessness, increased anxiety)
  • 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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