Military Advocates Alternative Treatment for PTSD

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition characterized by high anxiety, mood disturbances, and various physical ailments after a life-changing or life-threatening experience.

Anyone can be afflicted with PTSD, but there are certain populations who are considered to be at a higher risk for developing it than others. Victims of abuse, survivors of a natural disaster, and people who have been in a war are some of these “at risk” groups.

In an effort to deal with rising numbers of veterans with PTSD, the military is beginning to take measures to help servicemen and women cope with their wartime experiences. Some veterans are now offered therapy before they begin showing signs of PTSD, as this has been shown to improve their mental well-being.

The military is also taking notice of the effectiveness of meditation for reducing stress and healing some of the physical signs of stress.

In a study described on PsychCentral, meditation was shown to make the participants calmer and better able to handle tasks than the participants who did not meditate.

If you want to know more about how meditation can aid someone with PTSD or other anxiety problems, you can visit the PsychCentral site by clicking the link below.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/03/03/military-may-be-turning-to-meditation-for-ptsd/52149.html

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