Study says yoga can help those with PTSD

yoga

The Veteran's Administration estimates that between 11 and 20 percent of all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the American Psychology Association says that PTSD affects 7.7 million people in the U.S.

A study recently published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that in women suffering from PTSD, practicing yoga resulted in a marked decreased in reexperiencing and hyperarousal symptoms associated with PTSD.

"Yoga may downregulate the stress response, and positively impact PTSD and comorbid depression and anxiety symptoms," explained the researchers in their conclusions. They believe that yoga may be an effective complementary treatment for PTSD algonside traditional counseling.

The study focused on 38 women who showed full or subthreshold PTSD symptoms. Traumatic "trigger" events ranged from childhood physical abuse to the unexpected death of a loved one.

 
disclaimer

The information provided on the PsyWeb.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of PsyWeb.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

PsyWeb Poll

Are you currently taking or have you ever been prescribed anti-depressants?
Yes
50%
No
50%
Total votes: 3977