Written by Brooke Donald.
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects about one in five veterans, and traditional treatments that can include medication and therapy only relieve symptoms in about half of those who seek it, experts say.
But new research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala, associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, reveals an alternative way to help bring peace to those returning from military service.
Seppala found that breathing exercises dramatically decreased PTSD in veterans, and the effects of a weeklong workshop practicing the techniques remained a year later, suggesting lasting impact from this type of treatment.
“That’s the mind-blowing part of this data,” Seppala said. “You send people to a workshop for a week and you figure they’re going to feel better. But to see something one year after is pretty amazing.”
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