MBCT for Perinatal Women with Mood Disorders

Project summary

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

The purpose of MBCT is to reduce the chances of experiencing depression. This program is for women who have experienced a mood episode in the past, and who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or who have recently given birth.

If eligible, there is no cost to you to take part in this program. MBCT is an 8-week group treatment involving learning to meditate. The group meets once a week for 2 hours (up to 10 women permitted to participate at one time). During the group, women learn information that can help them recognize the onset of a mood episode and strategies to prevent future episodes.

Mindfulness involves meditation exercises to bring greater awareness to unhelpful habits of thinking, learning to see clearly what is happening in the present moment and learn to make more conscious choices. There are opportunities to share and review experiences with other group members. Each meeting includes practice of these skills and discussions, as well as practicing some activities each week at home.

In this UCLA research study, you will learn...
•Practical information about depression and mania, including symptoms and warning signs.
•Ways to recognize the onset of a mood episode.
•Strategies to prevent future mood episodes.
•Skills to manage stress, which may help you feel greater ease and peace of mind.