By Alice G. Walton

April 18, 2017

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There's a lot of debate about which form of therapy is the most

psychologically effective, the most cost-effective, the quickest working and

the longest lasting. They all have their benefits and drawbacks, depending

on the individual and the kind of mental health problem he or she is dealing

with. A new

 study

reports that an eight-week course of group mindfulness training has a

similar efficacy to usual care-in the this case, cognitive behavior therapy

(CBT), which in recent years has been thought of as the gold standard in

psychotherapy for a range of mental health issues. But a key point to keep

in mind here is the study was done only over the course of eight weeks, so

it's not totally clear-from this study, at least-whether the results would

last over the long-term. Luckily, others suggest that they very well may be.