Mindfulness for Teens Could Be as Effective as Individual Therapy

Mindfulness for teens is increasingly being recognized as a real way to keep mental health in shape. Mindfulness meditation is a technique that has been used by monks to politicians to literary legends to scientific geniuses—that should be compelling enough that it could hold some benefit.

Recently, more and more research has been conducted on the effects of mindfulness on the brain and its potential helpfulness in the realm of mental health issues.

What is mindfulness for teens?

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that’s about taking in the current moment. In today’s society, we easily focus on future and past events. We’re constantly moving and taking little time to consider how we’re feeling, what our surroundings are, and what’s happening in the present.

It’s easy for us to shove important emotions down, ignoring them until they bubble up and make themselves known in an unhealthy way. Mindfulness for teens is about teaching adolescents to take the time to check-in with yourself and your setting.

New study shows mindfulness therapy can be as positive as cognitive behavioral therapy

In a recent study conducted by the Center for Primary Healthcare Research (CPF) in Malmö, researchers found that mindfulness group therapy “has an equally positive effect as individual CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric symptoms in patients with depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders.”

The reason for the study was to find a cheaper way for people to get help for mental health issues. Currently, the main form of help is individual therapy—but that’s pretty costly. That’s why they looked into the effects of mindfulness group therapy.

In previous studies done by this team, they’ve found that mindfulness group therapy was as effective for treating anxiety and depression symptoms as individual cognitive behavioral therapy.

The leader of the research group thinks that mindfulness based therapy can be the next big treatment tool. He believes that if we begin to use mindfulness as a treatment for cases of anxiety and depression, individual therapy can be used as a more specialized option for those who are struggling more than others.

This study just reinforces the benefits mindfulness for teens can offer. Many schools have begun integrating mindfulness into students’ daily routine in order to bring down delinquency and acting out. It’s obvious this is a strong power waiting to be tapped.

Elevations is here for your family

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens, ages 13 to 18. Our students often grapple with anxiety, defiance, trauma, depression, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral issues.

At Elevations, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students. Issues with anger management for teens can be difficult for a family, which is why Elevations is here to help guide you through it.

For more information about how we use mindfulness for teens at Elevations RTC, please call .

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