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Mindfulness for psychosis

  • Paul Chadwick (a1)
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Mindfulness treatments and research have burgeoned over the past decade. With psychosis, progress has been slow and likely held back by clinicians' belief that mindfulness may be harmful for this client group. There is emerging evidence that mindfulness for psychosis – when used in an adapted form – is safe and therapeutic.

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Paul Chadwick, BA, MSc, PhD, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Box P077, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Email: paul.chadwick@kcl.ac.uk
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Mindfulness for psychosis

  • Paul Chadwick (a1)
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