A study of 203 post-traumatic stressed soldiers (ESPT) showed that meditation can be a treatment for the disease, as effective as some therapy already used for this disorder.
It has been proven that meditation has great psychological benefits for those who regularly practice.
The meditation It's easy so effective to treat victims post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as therapies used Currently, according to a survey of former US soldiers, published on Friday in a scientific journal Lancet psychiatry.
The ESPT can be when a person experiences a traumatic experience associated, for example, with death, violence or sexual assault. It is especially distinguished by recurring memories, nightmares, trying to prevent everything that reminds the event, the state of irritation and depression.
It occurs mainly among victims of attacks and soldiers (it is estimated that 14% of the US Army that served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffers from ESPT).
He underlines the current treatments exposure therapy. It consists of exposing the person concerned to situations, places, images, feelings, sounds, smells … associated with a traumatic event in order that his organism is "used" in order not to respond intensively, reducing stress by little by little.
However, this technique is painful for the victims of ESPT and between 30 and 45% of patients leave treatment, according to the study.
Therefore, researchers from three US universities tested meditation in a study with 203 former soldiers affected. Military, women and men were divided into three groups: meditation, others for exposure therapy, and the third for the theoretical ESPT course.
The 60% of former soldiers who practiced 20 minutes of daily meditation have recorded a significant improvement symptoms and in this group there were more who reached the end of the study than those who were exposed to exposure treatment.
The meditation is that the spirit focuses on something specific, such as breathing or object, to focus on the current moment, which is called the state of complete consciousness. This way you can get away from painful thoughts or feelings.
This practice "can be carried out only, practically everywhere and at any time, without the need for specialized equipment or personal support," said AFP, lead author of the Sanford Nidich study.
"Facing the growing challenge posed by the ESPT in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world, alternative therapies such as meditation should be part of the options offered by health authorities," he said.