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UC Berkely Begins Study of Meditation on Schizophrenia

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010

UC Berkeley is currently developing a new treatment for the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The negative symptoms include things like a diminished outward expression of feelings, diminished positive feelings, diminished interest in close relationships with others, and diminished motivation.

The treatment is based on principles from a meditation called Loving Kindness Meditation. This type of meditation aims to improve positive, loving feelings towards the self and others. We are building upon this type of meditation by adding components specific to the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. This new treatment is called Emotion Focused Meditation (EFM). EFM will include education about emotions, meditation techniques to promote and maintain a broad range of positive feelings, meditation techniques aimed at boosting looking forward to pleasurable events and activities, and techniques to link positive feelings to your personal goals and hoped for life outcomes.

This treatment is in the development stages, and we will soon be recruiting people with schizophrenia to participate in EFM groups that will last approximately 6 weeks. Please check back to the UC Berkeley Mental Health website for more details on how to participate in the coming months.
We are NOT recruiting for this study right now, but you may contact us for general information. To find out more, call us at 510-643-4098 or email us

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