September 9, 2020
How Meditation Can Help PTSD Sufferers
Did you know that according to the American Psychiatric Association, some 3.5 percent of the U.S. adult population and an estimated one in 11 people will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within their lifetime?
PTSD is due to traumatic events caused by a natural disaster, a serious accident, exposure to combat or terrorist situation, rape, and other violent personal assault. People diagnosed with PTSD suffer from intense feelings of fear and paranoia, which are related to their experiences. If left untreated, sufferers would go through their entire lifetimes haunted by past traumatic events that would recur through flashbacks, nightmares and other triggers.
There are various modes of treatment for PTSD. Meditation is among those that have been proven effective in treating people with this mental health issue.
Why Is Meditation Effective Against PTSD?
There are many reasons why meditation is considered a viable tool to deal with PTSD symptoms. Here are the top 2 reasons:
- Easy to engage in
Unlike a clinical setting, meditation frees patients from the stigma of the clinical setting. They can feel less like patients who are sick and in need of medication.
- Getting in touch with oneself
Experts say that people suffering from PTSD feel as if their minds have become an unsafe and uncontrolled place. Channeling one’s thoughts through meditation and mindfulness helps them become more centered and calm. It helps them focus their mind on the present and not on past traumas.
These 4 Meditation Techniques Can Help People with PTSD
There are various types of meditation that can be used to treat people who are suffering from PTSD. Here are four of them:
- Compassion meditation
Compassion meditation involves the repetition of phrases that are targeted toward increasing empathy and compassion for others. Studies show that 90 minutes of practicing compassion meditation weekly – such as repeating phrases like, “May I be peaceful,” “May I be happy,” and “May I be free from suffering” – induces positive thoughts to PTSD sufferers.
- Transcendental meditation
Transcendental meditation is a form of meditation in which a person silently repeats a given sound, word, or short phrase in their mind for a set period to bring about a state of peace and relaxation. The main goal of the method is to focus one’s mind on the sound of the mantra.
- Mantra meditation
Similar to transcendental meditation, mantra meditation is a method of focusing on the repetition of a mantra to redirect one’s negative thoughts.
- Mindfulness meditation
This type of meditation encourages participants to simply be aware and mindful of the present moment, allowing thoughts to come and go without judgment or reaction. There’s a particular emphasis on deep breathing, which may help ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Why Many Soldiers Develop PTSD
Soldiers have an increased risk of developing mental health conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression. This is due to their exposure to combat and conflict situations. They are deployed overseas regularly for security, peacekeeping, evacuation, and humanitarian aid missions. Each tour of duty puts them at great risk of encountering stressful situations.
When soldiers are deployed, they are forced to adjust to harsh conditions, stay alert in uncertain situations, and deal with unexpected events. Moreover, they have to deal with the emotional turmoil of leaving their support system and the differences in cultures when stationed abroad.
In worst-case scenarios, they are exposed to dangerous situations and experience events that leave them traumatized even long after they have completed their missions.
Suffering Vets Need Our Support
Sadly, thousands of our veterans continue to suffer from mental health issues but have no access to the treatment they require. They continue to be haunted by the nightmares of the traumatic events they witnessed.
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