Psychophysiological Correlates of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in Recurrent Depression (MBCT & EEG)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 10, 2009
Last Update Posted : December 23, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger, University Hospital Tuebingen

Brief Summary:
The study investigates cognitive attention, rumination and psychophysiological (EEG) processes in healthy subjects and remitted patients with at least three previous depressive episodes. The investigators expect that Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy prevents future depressive episodes and has influence on cognitive and psychophysiological measures.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Depression Behavioral: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Other: Waiting List Control Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 120 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Psychophysiological Correlates of Mindfulness and Attention in Recurrent Depression and Healthy Volunteers
Study Start Date : September 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Wait List Control
Patients do ot receive psychotherapy. The wait list control group will be assessed according to study protocol and offered MBCT after 6 month
Other: Waiting List Control
Patients receive MBCT with a delay of 6 months.
Experimental: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
The published protocol of MBCT will be used. This is an eight week group program. Participants learn mindfulness techniques but also cognitive techniques to prevent new depressive episodes
Behavioral: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Group treatment over 8 weeks with training in meditation, stress regulation, shift attention, stay present, in addition with cognitive and behavioral strategies (following Williams et al. Manual 2002)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Relapse (MDE) [ Time Frame: 12 month ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Electroencephalography (EEG) [ Time Frame: 6 month ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • recurrent depression with at least 3 previous MD-episodes, currently remitted (no symptoms)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current depression
  • lifetime schizophrenia
  • bipolar or schizoaffective disorder
  • any neurological disorders
  • other psychopathology during last 3 years

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00974077

Department of Psychology University of Tuebingen
Tuebingen, Germany, D-72072
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Tuebingen
Principal Investigator: Martin Hautzinger, PhD Eberhard Karls University

Publications of Results:
Responsible Party: Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger, University Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tuebingen Identifier: NCT00974077     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HA1399/16-1
First Posted: September 10, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 23, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014

Keywords provided by Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger, University Hospital Tuebingen:
recurrent depression,
mindfulness training
Evoked EEG potentials
Relapse prevention in recurrent depression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders