We live in a world filled with material wealth and we live longer, healthier lives, yet anxiety, stress and depression are widespread. What are the driving forces behind these global epidemics? In this series, Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman discuss recent scientific advances that have radically altered our understanding of depression and related disorders. Also discussed are the latest treatments and therapies that offer hope to those suffering from depression. Professor Williams co-developed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a treatment for anxiety, stress and depression that is at least as effective as drugs at preventing new episodes of depression. It is now one of the preferred treatments for depression recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The same technique, based on an ancient form of meditation, can also help us cope more effectively with the relentless demands of our increasingly frantic world.
Video 1 What Is Depression? Depression is expected to impose the second biggest health burden globally by 2020; greater even than heart disease, arthritis and many forms of cancer. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman discuss the driving forces behind this startling trend.
Video 5 Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on Trial Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is especially good for people who have suffered the most debilitating forms of depression. The evidence for its effectiveness is overwhelming and continues to grow.
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