Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services

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Mindfulness: An Intervention for Anxiety in Schizophrenia

Louanne W. Davis, PsyD; Amy M. Strasburger, MA; Linda F. Brown, BA

Abstract

Despite evidence that individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders experience significant and persistent symptoms of anxiety, there are few reports of the use of empirically supported treatments for anxiety in this population. This article describes how we have tried to adapt mindfulness interventions to help individuals with schizophrenia who experience significant anxiety symptoms. Although mindfulness has been widely used to help individuals without psychosis, to our knowledge, this is the first study adapting it to help those with schizophrenia manage worry and stress. We provide an overview of the intervention and use an individual example to describe how our treatment development group responded. We also explore directions for future research of mindfulness interventions for schizophrenia.

Dr. Davis is a Research Clinical Psychologist, and Ms. Strasburger is Program Specialist, Psychiatry Research, Roudebush VA Medical Center, and Ms. Brown is a graduate student, Department of Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology, Indiana Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Louanne W. Davis, PsyD, Research Clinical Psychologist, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Psychiatry Research 116A, 1431 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202; e-mail: louanne.davis@va.gov.

Abstract

Despite evidence that individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders experience significant and persistent symptoms of anxiety, there are few reports of the use of empirically supported treatments for anxiety in this population. This article describes how we have tried to adapt mindfulness interventions to help individuals with schizophrenia who experience significant anxiety symptoms. Although mindfulness has been widely used to help individuals without psychosis, to our knowledge, this is the first study adapting it to help those with schizophrenia manage worry and stress. We provide an overview of the intervention and use an individual example to describe how our treatment development group responded. We also explore directions for future research of mindfulness interventions for schizophrenia.

Dr. Davis is a Research Clinical Psychologist, and Ms. Strasburger is Program Specialist, Psychiatry Research, Roudebush VA Medical Center, and Ms. Brown is a graduate student, Department of Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology, Indiana Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Louanne W. Davis, PsyD, Research Clinical Psychologist, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Psychiatry Research 116A, 1431 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202; e-mail: louanne.davis@va.gov.

10.3928/02793695-20071101-06

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