Mindfulness Helps PTSD
April 4, 2017
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something impacting more people, and new research suggests that mindfulness helps PTSD.
Most often people think of soldiers returning from war who are the most prone to PTSD. Warriors are on the front-lines of war with explosions, killing, and more that could never be imagined from an ordinary civilian life.
PTSD is something that persists. Often times the ramifications of PTSD could go on for years with no full recovery back to the previous state before the trauma. Trauma has a significant impact on the brain that has lasting, long impact, according to research by Arieh Shalev, M.D. There is new ammunition as mindfulness helps PTSD.
New research has revealed that a deeper understanding of thoughts and feelings through mindfulness helps PTSD. The teachings help to have Veterans and others to focus on the present moment rather than dwelling in the trauma and unchangeable events of the past.
“The only way to change what happens tomorrow is to focus on what transpires from your choices today”
The shifting of the brain moves away from the destructive ruminations and into the present moment that has the potential positive impact on the brain.
“PTSD is really a different way of seeing the world, and is also seen at the level of physiology,” says Tony King, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan.
“But by going through a couple of months of making an effort to change thoughts and behaviors, that physiological syndrome can also change back again.”
Through the proven teachings of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), people can have a deeper understanding of their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. CBT is one of the most widely accepted methods of care to improve people’s conditions particularly as it relates to stress and trauma connected to PTSD.
As part of an online CBT program developed in partnership with the National Science Foundation, Chicago-based Prevail Health Solutions has incorporated different teachings of mindfulness into its clinically effective program that has been named a ‘success story’, and mindfulness helps PTSD.
“This type of attention training may help patients notice when they are stuck in a negative pattern of thought or rumination and make it a little easier to shift their attention to other things,” says King. “And if you think about what mindfulness meditation is, that makes perfect sense. The ‘muscle’ that you are training is the ability to catch yourself when you are not thinking about your breath and move it to something else.”
By working with one of the most severely impacted segments of society from trauma, Veterans, Prevail has demonstrated that its technology is as effective as traditional methods of care through a published randomized clinical trial.