Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within the Australian military has been reported to affect one third of military personnel returning from Iraq, an estimated 18 thousand returned service men and women.
PTSD is usually treated with drugs, behavioural therapy and other approaches. But for many, these methods don’t work.
In the American military, the practice of meditation has been a very beneficial adjunct to other wellbeing programs being offered to help deal with this difficult condition.
Meditation and the resulting mindfulness, provide a strategy that encourages active engagement without explicit cognitive restructuring or exposure to trauma memories.
Meditation can be easily taught to individuals and groups.
Unlike Western medical therapies, meditation can benefit individuals who cannot afford extensive therapy or medicine over long periods of time. Meditation can help people where more conventional treatments hadn’t achieved satisfactory results.