Mindfulness in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder among military veterans.
April 22, 2011
Vujanovic AA, Niles B, Pietrefesa A, Schmertz SK., Potter CM.
Prof Psychol Res Pr. 2011 Feb 1;42(1):24-31. (PsycINFO Database Record)
How might a practice that has its roots in contemplative traditions, seeking heightened awareness through meditation, apply to trauma-related mental health struggles among military veterans? In recent years, clinicians and researchers have observed the increasing presence of mindfulness in Western mental health treatment programs. Mindfulness is about bringing an attitude of curiosity and compassion to present experience. This review addresses the above question in a detailed manner with an emphasis on the treatment of military veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related psychopathology. In addition, the integration of mindfulness with current empirically supported treatments for PTSD is discussed with specific attention to directions for future research in this area.