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Meditation and Hypnosis for Chronic Depressed Mood
Trial ID: NCT00226863
This study examined whether meditation or group psychotherapy including hypnosis plus education, compared to an educational control, would ameliorate long-term depressed mood.
- Currently meeting DSM-IV criteria for a chronic depressive disorder, with the
requirement that depressive symptoms had to have lasted for at least 2 years without a
remission of 2 months or more.
- Being 18 years of age or older.
- Being sufficiently proficient in English to be able to participate in group therapy.
- Being able to attend weekly meetings at Stanford.
- Concurrent bipolar disorder or severe depressive disorder (this latter was determined
in supervision for the SCID interviews).
- Presence or history of psychosis.
- A current primary diagnosis of panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or PTSD.
- A current primary diagnosis of drug or alcohol dependency or abuse (within the last 3
- Serious suicidal risk, as defined by:
- Current suicidality, i.e., beyond simple ideation (e.g., making threats or attempts;
gathering means; has a plan); OR
- Serious prior attempts (bodily harm; gathered means; hospitalization).
- Has a significant medical condition that could interfere with participation in
- Current participation in psychotherapy or a meditation group.
- Has started (or changed level or type of) prescribed antidepressant medication or St.
John's Wort in the previous 3 months.
behavioral: meditation plus education
behavioral: group psychotherapy with hypnosis plus education
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