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Research Shows That Mindfulness Can Reduce Seizures

The burdens of having epilepsy are multifold and while medical therapies aim to modify the progression of epilepsy, psychological treatments for people with epilepsy (PWE) aim at reducing psychiatric comorbidities, improve coping, as well as quality of life.

Substantial evidence showed that psychological interventions (i.e., cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based therapies) were effective in improving psychological well-being and seizure control among PWE.

Among the range of psychological therapies, mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) are increasingly used to alleviate physical and psychological suffering in people with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and epilepsy.

As a major component in MBIs, ‘‘mindfulness” has been operationalised as a training of mental process including cultivation of self-awareness, non-judgmental observations, and acknowledgement of bodily states, emotions, thoughts, and other sensations in the present moment.

Mindfulness Study to Improve Quality of Life for People with Epilepsy