Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for PTSD Among Veterans

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for PTSD Among Veterans


>>The JAMA Network. [ Music ]>>These veterans are using mindfulness based
meditation to help manage PTSD symptoms.>>Becoming aware of the wandering mind.>>Mindfulness is a type of
technique that allows one to be more aware of what one is experiencing.>>To be present and aware of their
thoughts, their feelings, their experiences, in a nonjudgmental and accepting way.>>For Veterans John, Jeff and
Janae, this was an unfamiliar way to help with their PTSD symptoms.>>I was skeptical. I didn’t see how it could
help me with my problems.>>If you can envision a
California freeway at night, that’s the type of traffic I had in my head.>>I thought it was hogwash,
to tell you the truth. I didn’t think it would be beneficial, but obviously all the other stuff
I was trying wasn’t really working.>>Doctors Melissa Polusny and
Kevin Lynn and their colleagues at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center
wanted to determine if the mind from this intervention could help. A hundred sixteen veterans with a
diagnosis of PTSD participated in the trial. Half the group completed nine weeks of
mindfulness based stress reduction therapy, the other had group therapy
focusing on current life problems. The veterans were monitored
before, during, and after treatment.>>Is there any rituals at home? Does he check the locks?>>Then also two months after
completing therapy.>>There was a greater improvement
with the mindfulness with meditation intervention
but this was a moderate change.>>The study appears in JAMA, Journal
of the American Medical Association.>>Mindfulness skills were significantly
associated with greater improvements and PTSD symptoms and quality of
life at the two month follow-up.>>I don’t feel like I’m treading water anymore,
and I feel mindfulness has brought me back to who I am and who my family can enjoy again.>>I wish I would have had the
opportunity when I was a young man to have been able to have this resource. I would have been a completely
different person today.>>I feel peace, and that has been
a situation which has escaped me in the 40 years since I was last in combat.>>Catherine Dolth, the JAMA Report. [ Music ]

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