Anxiety, depression, and decreased quality of life are common in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). A new study has suggested that training in meditation and mindfulness practices brings long-term improvements in mental health and quality of life for patients with IBD. David Castle, psychiatrist at St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, said, "Our study provides support for the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of a tailored mindfulness-based group intervention for patients with IBD." The research team evaluated a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program for patients with IBD. The study included 60 adults with average age of 36 years. While one group participated in the MBSR program, the control group did not. This program included guided meditations, exercises designed to enhance mindfulness in daily life, and group discussions of challenges and experiences. ‘Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) leads to reductions in anxiety and depression scores, as well as improvement in physical and psychological quality of life. This program comprised of guided meditations, exercises designed to enhance mindfulness in daily life, and group discussions of challenges and experiences.’ The MBSR participants were observed to have greater reductions in anxiety and depression scores, as well as improvement in physical and psychological quality of life. They also had higher scores on a questionnaire measuring various aspects of mindfulness, for example, awareness of inner and outer experiences. Castle explained, "This work reinforces the interaction between physical and mental aspects of functioning, and underscores the importance of addressing both aspects in all our patients." The study was published in the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.Source: IANS << WHO Declares the End of Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone New App That Connects Rescuers With AEDs and Victims With S... >> Recommended Reading Travel Health and Pretravel Preparation in the Patient With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Learn more about the Travel health and pretravel preparation in the patient with inflammatory bowel disease. READ MORE Patients Not Aware of Smoking Risks Associated With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Out of 239 patients with the two common types of inflammatory bowel diseases, only half were aware of the smoking risks associated with the conditions. READ MORE Astronauts At Increased Risk Of Developing Inflammatory Bowel Disease The balance of bacteria and the function of immune cells in the gut changes in spaceflight, leading to increased bowel inflammation. READ MORE Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Cut in Half Among People Growing Up in Farms With Livestock The risk of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease among people who have grown up on farms with livestock was half of that of their urban counterparts. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Benefits of Meditation / Meditation Therapy Meditation therapy is one of the best Alternative Therapies. It is a Mind-Body Medicine. READ MORE Bereavement Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. READ MORE Colo-rectal cancer - Management Treatment for Colorectal Cancers may involve surgery,chemotherapy, radiation therapy or biological therapy. Some people require a combination of treatments. READ MORE Crohns Disease Crohn’s disease or regional enteritis is an inflammatory bowel disease that involves the small intestine and causes abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding. READ MORE Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in the world. No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings. READ MORE Meditation: Just For The Mind? We meditate to calm the mind and perceive inner self through spirituality. On the other hand, we also meditate to relieve stress and ease other lifestyle disorders. READ MORE Pregnancy and Complications In-depth guide for expecting mothers to overcome health complications related to early or late pregnancy. Anemia, urinary infection, diabetes, premature labor to name a few. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Doctor How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Daily Calorie Requirements More News on: Adolescence DepressionDepressionColo-rectal cancer - ManagementStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineAndropause / Male MenopausePregnancy and ComplicationsBenefits of Meditation / Meditation TherapyCrohns DiseaseBereavementMeditation: Just For The Mind?