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Department of Psychiatry; School of Medicine; Senior Scholars Program

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Xiaoduo Fan

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Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Medical Education | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy | Psychological Phenomena and Processes


Mindfulness intervention is a psychotherapy based on the Buddhist practice of meditation, combining the theories and methodology of contemporary psychology. The empirical research in recent years has indicated that mindfulness intervention yields favorable results including reduction of depression relapse, alleviation of the symptoms of depression and anxiety, reduction of substance abuse, relief of pain, blood pressure management, enhancement of immunity, and improvement of sleep. Currently, mindfulness therapy has become the mainstream of psychotherapy in the realm of European and American psychotherapy. The fields of psychology and psychotherapy in China have also begun to introduce mindfulness intervention in recent years. However, there is a lack of relevant practice and research in the field of clinical mental health. This article will briefly introduce the concept of mindfulness, the basic mechanism of the intervention, and the basic skills and guidelines in clinical practice.



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Shanghai Arch Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 25;28(3):121-130. doi: 10.11919/j.issn.1002-0829.216060. Link to article on publisher's site

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Shanghai archives of psychiatry


Carrie Wu participated in this study as a medical student as part of the Senior Scholars research program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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