The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Symptoms of Psychosis

Psychosis is defined as a disruptive symptom that underlies disorders on the schizophrenia spectrum, ranging in intensity from mild instances in schizoid personality disorder, to more severe cases in those diagnosed with either schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Past research has provided mixed results as to whether or not the practice of mindfulness meditation is safe for individuals that experience psychoses. The current research reviews seven studies to assess the safety and benefits of mindfulness meditation for those who may experience psychosis. Results suggest that, with modifications, mindfulness meditation is supported to be safe for individuals who experience psychoses, however, evidence does not justify nor suggest its usage instead of treatment as usual.