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Can Mindfulness Practice Help Soldiers Struggling With PTSD?

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Soldiers Treated with Mindfulness
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has plagued soldiers returning home from war for decades. And the medical community has been in search of viable treatments for it for just as long. New research, involving combat veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, has noted a reduction in the effects of PTSD after patients started practicing mindfulness.

What is mindfulness? Per U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Center, mindfulness is defined as “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.” For more on the positive effects of mindfulness practice on those who suffer from PTSD, click here. Read the research study here, published in the journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. For more on mindfulness practice, watch the video below, featuring professor and author Jon Kabat-Zinn.