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Mindfulness-Based Therapy Decreases Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms for U.S. Veterans

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    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects twenty-three percent of veterans returning home from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Left untreated, PTSD is associated with high rates of other disorders, disabilities, and poor quality of life. A new study evaluated a different approach to managing PTSD related symptoms, a mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy.

    Researchers at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System randomly assigned 116 veterans with PTSD to receive nine sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy, which teaches participants to be present in the moment in a nonjudgmental, accepting manner. The others attended group therapy, primarily focusing on current life problems. The veterans were monitored before, during and after treatment.

    Results found that among veterans with PTSD, mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy, compared to group therapy, resulted in a greater decrease in PTSD symptom severity.

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    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects twenty-three percent of veterans returning home from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Left untreated, PTSD is associated with high rates of other disorders, disabilities, and poor quality of life. A new study evaluated a different approach to managing PTSD related symptoms, a mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy.

    Researchers at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System randomly assigned 116 veterans with PTSD to receive nine sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy, which teaches participants to be present in the moment in a nonjudgmental, accepting manner. The others attended group therapy, primarily focusing on current life problems. The veterans were monitored before, during and after treatment.

    Results found that among veterans with PTSD, mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy, compared to group therapy, resulted in a greater decrease in PTSD symptom severity.

    [Watch more videos of The JAMA Report]

    JAMA Report videos provided pursuant to license. ©2015 American Medical Association, publisher of JAMA® and The JAMA Network® journals.

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