Examining the Utility of Mindfulness-based Treatments for PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after exposure to a traumatic event, such as witnessing death, serious injury or violence. It causes intrusive symptoms that interfere with daily function and quality of life.

Common treatments for PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), have proven effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD. But a substantial number of patients do not fully recover following PE and CPT interventions.

Recent emerging studies indicate that mindfulness-based treatments may prove promising as complementary or alternative approaches to further assist people suffering from PTSD.

PhD Student, Jenna Boyd, in collaboration with HRI scientists Dr. Ruth Lanius and Dr. Margaret McKinnon (Boyd, Lanius, McKinnon, 2017) reviewed treatment literature and neurological evidence regarding mindfulness-based interventions for PTSD. The paper investigates the theoretical basis for the utility of mindfulness-based approaches in the treatment of PTSD, explores the overlap between neurobiological models of PTSD and the neurobiology of mindfulness, and discusses limitations and future directions for the potential efficacy of these approaches in treating PTSD. homewoodresearch.org/news-article

What skills do we need in order to have the most rich, satisfying, and empowered life? How do we best cope with the out-of-control nature of our lives, given the dreams that we harbor, the obstacles we encounter and the pain we experience?

Mindfulness practice teaches us how to coexist with our internal experience, work with our attention, live with purpose, develop acceptance and practice self-reflection. 

  • Mindfulness can be a useful practice aiding us as our lives continue to change and unfold over time.

9EssentialQualities of mindfulness -Melanie Greenburg Ph. D

MindBody Exercises to Help You Transcend Chronic Depression by Dr. Ben Kim dr.benkim.com on Jul 26, 2007

Mindfulnessmeditation with Deepak Chopra

Palouse Mindfulness free 8 week course

Relaxationtechniques for stress relief- helpguide.org

6tipsfora mindful exercise routine -The Chopra Center

soundcloud.com/mindfulness-Loving Kindness Meditation (21 mins)– Kovido Maddick

YouTube Links

2HrMeditation Shamanic Tibetan Meditation: Calming Music, Soothing Music, Deep Meditation Music ☯181 – YouTube
WhatisMindfulness -with Jon Kabat-Zinn