Mindfulness shows promise for people with MS

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New research suggests mindfulness training may help multiple sclerosis patients in two very different ways: regulating negative emotions and improving processing speed. People with MS who underwent the four-week mindfulness training not only improved more compared to those who did nothing – they also improved compared to those who tried another treatment, called adaptive cognitive training.

People with MS who underwent the four-week mindfulness training not only improved more compared to those who did nothing — they also improved compared to those who tried another treatment, called adaptive cognitive training.

“This was a small pilot study, so we need to replicate the results, but these findings were very encouraging,” said Ruchika Prakash, corresponding author of the research and associate professor of psychology at The Ohio State University.

“It is exciting to find a treatment that may be helpful in more than one way for people with multiple sclerosis.”

The findings were published recently in two journal articles: primary results in Rehabilitation Psychology, and secondary analysis in Neuropsychology.

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