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Omidi A, Hamidian S. Iran. J. Psychiatry Behav. Sci. 2018; 12(4): e55945.


(Copyright © 2018, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services)






BACKGROUND: Comorbidity of anxiety and mood disorders is rather common, making the treatment of each disorder more difficult. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the anxiety disorders with a high degree of association with depression; PTSD-depression comorbidity can significantly affect the quality of life of the ones affected. Hence, using the best way to deal with each of these disorders is highly recommended.

Objectives: The current study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of a combined treatment of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on PTSD and comorbid depression in combat veterans.

Methods: Among patients referring to Kashan Veterans Counseling Center, 62 patients diagnosed with comorbid PTSD and depression according to diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders-fourth edition-text revision (DSM-IV-TR) were selected, and randomly assigned into the two groups of case and control. The study was conducted in 2012.

Results: Statistical analysis showed that after the intervention, the depression scores of the case group significantly decreased, while the similar trend was not observed in the control group (P < 0.05). Furthermore, the total score and the scores of "mental health" and "social functioning" subscales of quality of life significantly increased in the case group.

Conclusions: According to the observed results, it seems that the combined treatment administered to the case group could aid the participants overcoming depression symptoms and subsequently raised their quality of life.

Keywords: Cognitive Therapy; Depression; Mindfulness; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Veterans

Copyright © 2018, Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License ( which permits copy and redistribute the material just in noncommercial usages, provided the original work is properly cited.

Language: en


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