Wellness Programs for Brain-Injured Individuals "WPBI"

Recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- A history of a single, chronic right or left hemisphere stroke (> 6 months post-onset so that residual symptoms have stabilized)
- Age 20-80
- Native English proficiency
- At least mild level of depression and/or mild anxiety
- Language within normal limits so that language deficits will not interfere with the intervention

Exclusion Criteria

- A pre-morbid neurologic history or history of schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Depressive disorders with psychotic features (to avoid potential confounds in neuropsychological testing)
- Mini-Mental State Examination score <19 (suggesting moderate to severe cognitive impairment that is a contraindication in effectively participating in the MBSR intervention52)
- Recent substance abuse/dependence disorder (< 1 year)
- Acutely suicidal (defined below)
- Concurrent involvement in another rehabilitation program
- Significant visual or hearing disabilities that would preclude participating in the program
- Medical history, including pre-morbid neurologic and psychiatric history, will be assessed with a standard medical questionnaire during the initial interview session as well as a review of patients' VA medical records
- Medications will not be an exclusionary factor for participation but will be recorded and tracked via VA computerized medical record systems