Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy are developing methods for treating mental fatigue as the result of brain injury, stroke and other neurological events. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has proven effective in relieving mental fatigue.
A new study has found that involvement in a live online MBSR course works just as well as traditional groups. Potential participants are no longer held back by the need to find a training in their immediate area.
“Those who took the online course became less tired, happier and more satisfied with life,” says Birgitta Johansson, a researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. “The findings demonstrated a significant reduction of self-assessed mental fatigue, depression and anxiety. Neuropsychological testing also revealed improved attention.”
Many research studies have been conducted since the MBSR program was developed more than 30 years ago, but no previous attempt has been made to determine whether a live online approach is equally effective. The study included a traditional MBSR group and a control group as well.
“Sweden offers only a limited number of MBSR courses, and the opportunity to stay at home is particularly attractive to people with mental fatigue,” Dr. Johansson says.
MBSR is a comprehensive program that lasts for eight weeks. Participants practice meditation, receive instruction and reflect about various core concepts. Dialog with the instructor is vital for gaining insight into individual and personal circumstances. In addition to the group session once a week, participants are given recorded meditation exercises that they can practice on a daily basis.
“Because the MBSR program demands motivation and discipline, it is clearly not for everyone,” Dr. Johansson says. “But the relief it offers for those who are willing and able to give it a real shot can prove highly valuable.”
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“Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Delivered Love on the Internet to Individuals Suffering from Mental Fatigue after an Acquired Brain Injury” appeared in the April issue of Mindfulness.
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Birgitta Johansson, Associate Professor, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Psychologist and Neuropsychological Specialist
BY: Johanna Hillgren