تجزیه و تحلیل انتقادی از اثر مدیتیشن درمانی برای درمان فاز حاد و تحت حاد اختلالات افسردگی: یک مرور سیستماتیک
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Psychosomatics, Volume 56, Issue 2, March–April 2015, Pages 140–152
Recently, the application of meditative practices to the treatment of depressive disorders has met with increasing clinical and scientific interest, owing to a lower side-effect burden, potential reduction of polypharmacy, and theoretical considerations that such interventions may target some of the cognitive roots of depression. Objective We aimed to determine the state of the evidence supporting this application. Methods Randomized controlled trials of techniques meeting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality definition of meditation, for participants having clinically diagnosed depressive disorders, not currently in remission, were selected. Meditation therapies were separated into praxis (i.e., how they were applied) components, and trial outcomes were reviewed. Results 18 studies meeting the inclusion criteria were identified, encompassing 7 distinct techniques and 1173 patients. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy comprised the largest proportion of studies. Studies including patients having acute major depressive episodes (n = 10 studies), and those with residual subacute clinical symptoms despite initial treatment (n = 8), demonstrated moderate to large reductions in depression symptoms within the group, and relative to control groups. There was significant heterogeneity of techniques and trial designs. Conclusions A substantial body of evidence indicates that meditation therapies may have salutary effects on patients having clinical depressive disorders during the acute and subacute phases of treatment. Owing to methodologic deficiencies and trial heterogeneity, large-scale, randomized controlled trials with well-described comparator interventions and measures of expectation are needed to clarify the role of meditation in the depression treatment armamentarium.
Depressive disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD) and dysthymia, have a 12-month prevalence of approximately 7%1 in the general population, and the prevalence is higher in hospitalized patients with medical illness2 and ambulatory medical patients.3 and 4 However, initial trials of currently available pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments result in depression remission less than 50% of the time with multiple trials5 and 6 and overall have moderate effect sizes.7 Furthermore, in patients with comorbid medical illness, pharmacotherapeutics for depression carry the risk for polypharmacy, drug-drug interactions, and increased side effects. There is a need for new depression treatments with a more favorable risk/benefit profile and different mechanisms of action from existing treatments. Interest in the use of mind-body therapies for MDD and other psychiatric disorders is high among patients8 and increasing among practitioners: for example, “mindfulness” is highest among the therapeutic orientations rated most likely to increase in use over the coming decade by psychotherapy experts.9 Definition of Meditation The term meditation refers to a broad set of psychosomatic practices that involve training and regulating attention toward interoceptive or exteroceptive foci, or intentionally created mental images, while observing or redirecting attention from distracting thoughts.10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 Examples of interoceptive foci are sensations associated with the breath or other parts of the body, or “awareness itself”; exteroceptive foci may include such things as a statue or flame; and mentally generated imaginal representations may include verbal mantras (repetitive words or sets of syllables) or visual images.16 and 17 Those meditation techniques involving sustained attention to a specific focus or limited range of inner or outer experience have often been referred to as concentrative or focused attention practices, whereas those incorporating a broader attentional spotlight to an array of changing stimuli have been called mindfulness, open-awareness, or open monitoring practices.18, 19 and 20 Open monitoring practices de-emphasize delineation of an explicit focus in favor of nonreactive but clear and vivid observation of moment-to-moment experiences.19 There is disagreement about which therapies are based on meditation and are comparable in mechanism of action. In attempting to address this controversy, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality proposed a consensus definition of meditation using a modified Delphi process.21 This definition suggested that there are 3 principles essential to meditation: a defined technique, logic relaxation, and a self-induced state or mode. “Defined technique” denotes a describable set of instructions; “logic relaxation” refers to a lack of “intent” to analyze, judge, or create expectations regarding the practice; and “self-induced state” distinguishes meditation from hypnosis or guided imagery practices. A few examples of practices identified as meditation-based included mindfulness, many types of yoga, Tai Chi, Transcendental Meditation, and qigong. However, this definition met with some criticism owing to its relative nonspecificity.22 A more recent iteration from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality was to dissociate “purely meditative” techniques, done while maintaining a stationary posture, from those that used a meditative awareness during movement; however, a detailed rationale for excluding the movement practices while retaining stationary meditation groupings was not provided.23 Meditation and Acute Psychologic Symptoms When performing meta-analysis of the clinical literature on meditation techniques used as therapeutics for psychologic symptoms, many authors have collapsed across different meditation therapies using the same type of meditation (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy [MBCT]), or broad categories of meditation or mindfulness techniques, such as focused attention and open monitoring, or with and without movement, and tried to draw conclusions about the effect size of meditation or mindfulness techniques as a group.24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 These meta-analyses have generally concluded that meditation techniques provide small to moderate salutary benefits for symptoms of depression or anxiety, and for patients with comorbid medical illnesses such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and heart disease. Of these meta-analyses, 2 also analyzed meditation therapies by technique, but when doing so collated subjects with divergent symptom types (anxiety and mood) and severity, potentially confounding the results.28 and 29 There are difficulties in identifying the efficacious components across meditation therapies for several reasons. First, a rigorous comparison of the praxis elements of individual meditative therapies has not been undertaken, and thus the extent of commonality is not known. Because there is evidence to suggest that different meditative practices involve different neuronal substrates, it is likely that meditation therapies that incorporate different practices affect the biologic substrates of target psychologic symptoms differently.20 and 30 It is also unclear that all meditation therapies based on a particular form of meditation, such as “mindfulness-based therapies,” share a common neural mechanism of action. For example, it may be that the cognitive component to MBCT engages neural mechanisms not present within the less cognitively-oriented Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention.20 and 30 By grouping different forms of meditation, authors may be obscuring individual differences among meditation therapies that might result in different effect sizes. Therefore, we have not attempted to collapse across meditation practices to compute an effect size in the current review. Meditation as a Treatment Across the Depression “Life Cycle” Treatments for clinical depressive disorders occur during distinct phases of the illness: acute, continuation, and maintenance phases, and relapse prevention in the acute or continuation phase.31 Because initial treatments for depression result in remission only about one-third of the time,5 there is often also a subacute phase in which those who have experienced partial benefit from an initial treatment receive augmentation with either medications or psychotherapy. Several authors who have reviewed the efficacy of meditation techniques for reduction of depressive symptoms have grouped together patients with depressive disorders across the depression life cycle, and not differentiated among patients at different phases of their depressive illnesses.26, 27 and 32 However, this approach might underestimate or overestimate the effect size for meditation depending on the depressive phase. For example, patients amid an acute severe major depressive episode (MDE) might lack the concentration needed to meditate as effectively as during partial remission, and thus the effects of meditation might be larger during partial remission. Alternatively, effects of meditation might be weaker for patients with subacute depressive illness in partial remission owing to a ceiling effect for improvement. It is therefore important that reviews of meditation for depressive symptoms take phase of depressive illness into consideration. Accounting for phase of depressive illness has been systematically accomplished only with MBCT. Several trials have aimed to determine whether MBCT may reduce the relapse rate for patients with MDD who are currently in remission,33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39 and most of these have demonstrated a reduction in relapse rate relative to treatment as usual or placebo.33, 35, 36, 37 and 38 Systematic meta-analysis indicated that MBCT is an effective treatment for depressive relapse in patients with MDD who have had 3 or more (but not 2 or less) previous MDEs.40 However, the specific role of meditation practice in these results remains unclear because a dismantling study failed to differentiate MBCT effects on relapse prevention from a cognitive therapy designed to mimic MBCT but without experiential mindfulness elements, except in a secondary analysis that indicated increased efficacy of MBCT in subjects with high levels of childhood trauma.39 Systematic review has never been undertaken to elucidate the evidence base for the treatment of clinically diagnosed depressive disorders across the spectrum of meditative therapies. Our objective was to determine the evidence base for meditation therapies as depression therapeutics during these phases by answering the following 3 questions: (1) What are the similarities and differences among the praxis elements of the therapies (and thus the extent to which generalizations can be made across techniques)? (2) What does the empirical evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) demonstrate? (3) How can future research be designed to advance our knowledge of the role of meditation therapies in treating depression?
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
A substantial body of evidence indicates that meditation therapies may have salutary effects on patients having clinical depressive disorders during the acute and subacute phases of treatment. Owing to methodologic deficiencies and trial heterogeneity, large-scale, randomized controlled trials with well-described comparator interventions and measures of expectation are needed to clarify the role of meditation in the depression treatment armamentarium.