SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
Mindfulness-Based Therapy Decreases Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms for U.S. Veterans
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.