20 minutes of meditation is all that is required to reduce PTSD in older adults, says study

20 minutes of meditation is all that is required to reduce PTSD in older adults, says study

“Meditation is listening to the Divine within.” ― Edgar Cayce

There are numerous ways to cope with the unquiet mind, but none as easy and soothing as meditation. It brings an individual closer to his/her spiritual self. Most mental illnesses are associated with racing thoughts and chaotic thinking. A convoluted mind makes it difficult for someone to function to his/her full capacity. A recent study confirmed what we had known all along – listening to the inner voice can help overcome many mental health problems related to anxiety and stress, in particular, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

National PTSD Awareness Day: PTSD increases risk of cardiovascular disease

National PTSD Awareness Day: PTSD increases risk of cardiovascular disease

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops when a person experiences a scary or shocking incident. It can also develop due to other traumatic experiences, such as the demise of a loved one. While the symptoms of PTSD usually begin to appear as early as within three months of the traumatic incident, in some cases it can take years to become visible. Read more

PTSD Awareness Month: Music can help heal PTSD in veterans

PTSD Awareness Month: Music can help heal PTSD in veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a tough condition to deal with for any individual. Commonly affecting war veterans in different parts of the world, the condition is also diagnosed in millions of adults and children who have faced some or the other form of traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, violence, family conflicts, etc.

Though, it is not mandatory that every individual who experiences a shocking or scary incident would develop PTSD, its symptoms generally begin to show within three months of experiencing a traumatic event. When a person experiences trauma, his or her body releases adrenaline in excess, which in turn triggers biochemical changes that affect the mind as well as the body of the individual. Read more

PTSD Awareness Month: Colorado approves use of medical marijuana for treating PTSD

PTSD Awareness Month: Colorado approves use of medical marijuana for treating PTSD

After a tough battle, the Colorado government has finally included post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for the use of doctor-approved medical marijuana. Colorado is now among more than 20 other states, as well as Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories that allow PTSD patients to use medical marijuana to alleviate their symptoms.

Governor John Hickenlooper has brought the years-long fight of veterans as well as advocates to an end by signing the Senate Bill 17 into a law on Monday. Senate Bill 17 gives individuals a constitutional right to use medical marijuana for treating acute stress disorder or PTSD. Read more

Certain PTSD medications may increase the risk of dementia, suggests study

Certain PTSD medications may increase the risk of dementia, suggests study

The repercussions of experiencing a traumatic event, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks or a personal loss, can be tough to deal with. Apart from having to deal with the trauma related to the incident, sometimes the person experiences unusual feelings such as incident-related flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive memories further which exaggerate the problem. Read more

It needs courage to admit mental condition; but Lily Allen got trolled for doing that!

It needs courage to admit mental condition; but Lily Allen got trolled for doing that!

Stigma attached to mental illnesses often pose a huge challenge to their treatment. However, when a celebrity opens up about his or her own problem related to mental health, it leads to some awareness on mental health problems and the stigma attached to them, paving the way for proper treatment. However, that wasn’t the case when singer Lily Allen shared her plight with millions of followers on twitter recently. Instead, she got trolled. Read more

Texas house bill gives hope for compensation benefits to first respondents with PTSD

Texas house bill gives hope for compensation benefits to first respondents with PTSD

They are the first to come to people’s rescue when things go wrong and mishaps occur, and yet, they are the ones suffering for their chosen profession today. Texas state representative, John Wray filed a legislation recently to allow worker’s compensation benefits for the first respondents – cops and firefighters – suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

CBT an early treatment option for children with PTSD, says study

CBT an early treatment option for children with PTSD, says study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental illness that affects an increasing number of people across the United States. However, many of them decide to stay untreated due to lack of awareness about the disorder. Now, preliminary support for acceptability of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been found by researchers as an early treatment option for children and adolescents suffering from PTSD.

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Sexual crimes against female veterans results inPTSD

Sexual crimes against female veterans results inPTSD

To be a part of the American army is a matter of pride for most. Unfortunately, the same may not hold true for women who play an equally important role in the U.S. military.

The past couple of years has witnessed an increase in crimes against women, specifically related to sexual assault, in the U.S. military. A fact sheet by the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) states that one in five women and one in 100 men have admitted to been victims of military sexual trauma (MST). The figures exhibit statistics of only those who have chosen to come forward. Many still bear the burden in silence, fearing loss of employment and could be working with their abusers. Read more