Good news for depression sufferers! New research has been revealed that metacognitive therapy (MCT) might help to decrease symptoms of depression and help patients recover from the disorder. MCT is a brain training process that helps individuals eliminate obsessive thinking patterns to decrease negative thoughts.
MSN reported that the research advised that 80% of patients suffering from depression reported an elimination of their symptoms after ten weeks of MCT, versus only five percent that participated in a controlled group within the study. Few participants had a relapse in their depression after MCT had finished, which seems to be a quite popular issue when it comes to other treatments on the market. The study also revealed that anxiety issues decreased and no individual stated that their condition worsened after their exposure to MCT. This is the first study of its kind that has been published, proving that MCT might be an effective treatment when it comes to depression.
As per the MCT Institute, the treatment targets the idea of reminding individuals that suffer with depression that they can control their behaviors and thoughts. It helps individuals identify patterns when it comes to worry, reflection, and any fascination around attention.
The study was conducted by a Norwegian University of Science and Technology research team that provided MCT to 20 individuals who suffer with the condition. They went to ten therapy sessions, spanning over ten weeks. The results were compared to 19 other individuals who did not receive anything along with therapy over that same time frame.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 20 within the U.S. (over the age of 12) suffers from depression. The illness is considered a serious mental health issue where individuals try and manage with irritability and sadness. The condition has been linked with decreased productivity at work, mortality, as well as other health issues like eating disorders and substance abuse.
The study team’s hopes are that these new results can increase the idea of MCT across America as a viable solution to depression – as talk therapy (sometimes referred to as cognitive behavioral therapy) still stands as a more common option for those who suffer with this condition in the U.S.