Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression – study

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed from mindfulness techniques, which encourage individuals to pay more attention to the present moment, combined with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), specifically to try to help…

Ritalin and Prozac for preschoolers?

I’m horrified by the number of children on mind-altering drugs. Did you know the fastest growing market for Ritalin and Prozac is preschool-aged children? Why are our children depressed? Why is nobody looking into the underlying causes before medicating? How can we possibly be diagnosing preschoolers with ADHD? Here are the actual criteria for diagnosing…

Perfection can be painful

At dinner with two fellow mothers from my eldest son’s nursery school, we chatted about the issues we’d had with becoming mothers for the first and second time. These are two women who I know through my child’s friendship with their children. Our relationships are not (yet) deep. They’re not (yet) personal. But over a…

Medicalisation of misery to blame for soaring use of antidepressants, say GPs

Doctors across Europe are warning that the soaring use of antidepressants is down to growing pressure to “medicalise” unhappiness, complaining that a lack of time and meagre availability of other therapies meant that physicians reach for the prescription pad far too often. In response to a questionnaire devised by the Guardian and five leading European…