MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy)

Discussion in 'Support' started by DiDDo, Mar 5, 2011.

    1. DiDDo

      DiDDo Member

      Quoted from Wikipedia:

      I did a little googling and found some success stories on MBCT and Tinnitus. Looks like it could be an effective way of minimizing tinnitus distress.

      Am I the only one interested in this therapy? Do you happen to know someone who has followed this through?
    2. Jim

      Jim Member Benefactor

      San Francisco
      Tinnitus Since:
      I would be interested to know more about this type of therapy. I have been saying from the start, it's not the tinnitus that gets you, it's your reaction to it. I spent some time in therapy with reaction modification as a goal. I went to a psychiatrist who specialized in chronic pain management and tailored his approach to tinnitus. It helped me a lot.
    3. lemmings

      lemmings Member

      also i've always thought that while tinnitus can be devastating in itself, usually the mental reaction to it is what gets people

      this kind of therapy might be just what many needed. hmm.
    4. MBCT is based upon principles in zen buddhism, which is all about being aware, present, and accepting of what you're feeling and thinking in the moment. So for example if you think, "This tinnitus is going to drive me nuts," mindfulness practice helps you step back and realize that this is a thought you're having and not reality. I practice zen meditation and I think it's been really helpful with accepting tinnitus.

      If you want to learn about mindfulness and try it out, I'd suggest books and recordings by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He's really good for people who want a clear program without all the buddhist trappings!
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    5. Markku

      Markku Founder Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hmm.. I instantly googled Jon Kabat-Zinn and what did I find, this over one-hour long video:
      Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn

      I put that on my video bookmarks and will watch it later with time. I absolutely think that for many tinnitus sufferers this (MBCT) could be beneficial.

      ...and probably for other situations too. Stress and anxiety is so common nowadays.

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