Research: CHADWICK and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

CHADWICK and COLLEAGUES,  King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Dept of Psychology, London, UK. paul.chadwick@kcl.ac.uk explored experiences of practising mindfulness and how this related to living with, and managing, bipolar disorder

Background

The aim of the study was to explore experiences of practising mindfulness and how this related to living with, and managing, bipolar disorder.

Methodology

Qualitative methodology was used to explore the experiences of 12 people with bipolar disorder who had been practising mindfulness for at least 18 weeks. Semi-structured interviews exploring how mindfulness practice related to living with bipolar disorder were recorded verbatim, transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis.

Results

Seven themes emerged: Focusing on what is present; clearer awareness of mood state/change; acceptance; mindfulness practice in different mood states; reducing/stabilizing negative affect; relating differently to negative thoughts; reducing impact of mood state. All participants reported subjective benefits and challenges of mindfulness practice, and gave insights into processes of change.

Conclusion

References

Chadwick P, Kaur H, Swelam M, Ross S and Ellett L. Experience of mindfulness in people with bipolar disorder: a qualitative study. Source Psychotherapy Research. 21(3): 277-85. May 2011.

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