Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/20655
Title: A Chinese Chan-based mind-body intervention for patients with depression
Authors: Chan, AS
Wong, QY
Sze, SL
Kwong, PPK
Han, YMY
Cheung, MC
Keywords: Attention
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Depression
Mind-Body intervention
Mood
Somatic
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
Source: Journal of affective disorders, 2012, v. 142, no. 1-3, p. 283-289 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Affective Disorders 
Abstract: Background: Given the recent growing interest and encouraging findings in studies of alternative treatments for depression, the present randomized controlled trial study aimed to compare the effect of a newly developed Chinese Chan-based Dejian Mind-Body Intervention (DMBI) with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on improving depressive symptoms in patients with depression. Methods: Seventy-five participants diagnosed with major depressive disorder were randomly assigned to receive either 10-session CBT or DMBI, or placed on a waitlist. Pre-post measurements included record of anti-depressants treatment, ratings by psychiatrists who were blinded to the experimental design and self-report on mood measures, and performance in a cognitive test tapping concentration ability. Results: Both the CBT and DMBI groups demonstrated significantly reduced overall depressive syndrome after intervention at large effect size (0.93-1.10). Furthermore, the DMBI group (p<0.05), but not the CBT or waitlist groups, demonstrated significant reduction in intake of anti-depressants, and significant improvement in specific depression-related symptoms including difficulty in concentration (p=0.002), and problems in gastrointestinal health (p=0.02) and overall sleep quality (p<0.001). Limitations: This study has provided some evidence for the short-term effect of the DMBI on Chinese population. Its long-term effect on a larger sample and on Caucasian population warrants further investigation. Conclusions: The present findings suggest that a Chinese Chan-based Mind-Body intervention has positive effects on improving mood and health conditions of individuals with depression.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/20655
ISSN: 0165-0327
DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.05.018
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