According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is one of the most common mental health diagnoses in America. Symptoms include depressed mood, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, weight gain or loss, trouble sleeping, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, trouble concentrating, or constant thoughts of death or dying. You satisfy the criteria for a depression diagnosis if you suffer from five or more of these symptoms in a two- week period. Sometimes, medications can help to reduce symptoms. However, most lose their effectiveness over time. Mindfulness-based treatment approaches for depression have been gaining traction in recent years. Current research shows that these approaches are more effective than psychiatric medication alone in reducing the rate of recurrence. Mindfulness is the ability to observe your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations as they present themselves into your awareness. Unlike medications, mindfulness-based treatment for depression has no side effects. Specific interventions, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), can target the symptoms of depression and teach the individual how to engage with these symptoms in a different way. Not only do mindfulness-based treatment techniques reduce the symptoms and likelihood of recurrence of depression, but they also promote wellbeing and can help people better manage difficult life circumstances. Because research shows that mindfulness-based treatment for depression has a lasting impact, by incorporating these techniques into our practice, we can better serve the needs of, and reduce suffering in, our community. Interested in learning more about treatment for anxiety? Contact a clinician at WCMI today for more information.