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Release Date: 08/03/2015

Last week’s Providence Business News (PBN) featured Butler researcher Dr. Brandon Gaudiano in their weekly, “5 Questions With:” piece. Dr. Gaudiano, who recently edited “Incorporating Acceptance and Mindfulness into the Treatment of Psychosis” a book examining the use of mindfulness in treating psychosis, talks to PBN about mindfulness, how he became interested in it and its history as a therapy to treat psychotic disorders.

“Psychosis is scary for the person experiencing it, “said Dr. Gaudiano. “People initially try to cope by struggling with psychotic experiences or trying to avoid them altogether, but this just tends to make the symptoms worse in the long run. Mindfulness therapy teaches patients to be more open, aware, and accepting of these experiences and to learn to live with them peacefully, instead of against them.”

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Butler Hospital, a member of Care New England, is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, seniors and adolescents in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The Major Affiliated Teaching Hospital for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.