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Cielo Rodriguez, Francesca Rosales and Faith Rutagines
University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Psychol Psychother
Major Depressive Disorder is a type of mood disorder characterized by 2 or more weeks of depressed mood or lack of interest in life activities with at least four symptoms of depression such as anhedonia, changes in sleep, energy, weight, decision making, concentration, self-esteem, and goals. Mindfulness training has shown promise for reducing emotional distress and symptom severity across a number of psychiatric conditions including depression. Hence, this study was conducted to investigate the effects of mindfulness training in improving the quality of life of Filipino soldiers experiencing MDD. This study utilized a pre-experimental one-group pretest-posttest design that was conducted in 15 soldiers diagnosed with MDD from a military hospital. The subjects were selected through a purposive sampling procedure considering the inclusion criteria set by the researchers. The subjects have undergone 8 sessions of mindfulness training for four weeks. Quality of life and degree of mindfulness were assessed at baseline and post-treatment as measurement of outcomes of care using the questionnaires WHOQOL-Bref and MAAS. Gathered data were analyzed using paired t test. The paired t-test showed that the post interventions scores of WHOQOL BREF in terms of Physical, Psychological, Social, and Environmental parameters of quality of life appeared higher than the pre intervention scores. In addition, the pre-intervention and post intervention Mindfulness Awareness Attention Scale scores of the Filipino soldiers with MDD also showed a significant difference after 8 sessions of Mindfulness training. Mindfulness training has been proven to be effective in increasing the quality of life of male Filipino soldiers with MDD. It can be utilized as an adjunct complementary-alternative management for handling patients with MDD. Future researches may also expand the application of mindfulness training to other psychiatric disorders as well as to other physical conditions or psychosocial performances.
Francesca Rosales is currently undergraduate of the Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Santo Tomas, Phillippines. Cielo Rodriguez is currently undergraduate of the Bachelor of Nursing from the Universiti of Santo Tomas, Phillipines.