Meditation can be just as effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as current therapy, according to a study by American soldiers who were treated for PTSD, published Friday in the psychiatric hospital Lancet.
state Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) happens after traumatic event in the context of deaths, death threats, serious injuries or sexual abuse.
It is characterized, in particular, by repetitive and invasive memories of the event, nightmares, the avoidance of any element (place, situations) causing trauma, irritability or depression.
Often there is a state of post-traumatic stress disorder among victims of attacks and the soldiers (14% of American soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan would have been victims).
Among the modern methods of treatment exposure therapy used frequently. This is due to the fact that a person with PTSD is gradually revealed in situations, places, images, sensations, noises, smells and memories associated with a traumatic event, in order toaccustom“The organism no longer responds intensively to elements resembling trauma, and therefore to reduce avoidance.
But this method is painful for PTSD sufferers and 30-45% of patients. the fall treatment, the study says.
Researchers from three American universities tested the practice meditation with the study of 203 former US soldiers with PTSD.
The soldiers, men and women, were divided into three groups: one practiced meditation, the second – exposure therapy, and the third – a theoretical course of post-traumatic stress.
60% of former soldiers who practiced 20 minutes of meditation every day saw their symptoms improve significantly.
And they are more likely to have completed the study than the group exposed to the therapy.
Meditation is the concentration of the mind on an object or idea to achieve state of mindfulness, calm and tranquility.
" meditation can practice onlypretty much everywhere and Anytime, without the use of specialized equipment or personal support”Said Sanford Nidic, lead author of the study.
"Faced with a growing problem caused by post-traumatic stress in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world, alternative therapies, such as meditation, should be part of the options implemented by health authorities.– he says.