Mindfulness-based group therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus: A first exploration of a promising mind-body intervention

Danny Horesh, Ittai Glick, Renen Taub, Nancy Agmon-Levin, Yehuda Shoenfeld

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Abstract

Psychological effects related to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are tremendous. While a variety of psychological treatments have been applied to assist SLE patients, the effects of mindfulness practice were never documented in SLE. Mindfulness-based psychotherapy includes several techniques, including body-scan, breathing exercises, and full awareness during daily activities. In this case report, we present a first attempt at conducting mindfulness-based group therapy among SLE patients. Six female SLE patients participated in an 8-week program. Improvement was observed in several areas: patients' increased ability to differentiate between themselves and the disease; increased ability to accept, rather than to actively fight the fact that one must live with the disease; and decreased behavioral avoidance. These observations speak to the significant therapeutic potential of mindfulness practice among SLE patients. With its emphasis on acceptance of negative physical and emotional states, mindfulness practice is a promising treatment option, which needs to be further studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-75
Number of pages3
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume26
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017

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Keywords

  • Lupus
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rheumatology

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