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A Six-Week Mantram Repetition Program Helps Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress

07 Aug

Researchers from the San Diego Veterans Administration Healthcare System explored the effectiveness of a Mantram Repetition Program (MRP), used with 65 outpatient veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress, to see if it helped them better manage their symptoms….
The MRP consisted of six weekly group sessions (90 min per week) on how to (1) choose and use a mantram, (2) slow down thoughts and behaviors, and (3) develop one-pointed attention for emotional self-regulation.
Critical incident research technique interviews were conducted at 3 months post-intervention as part of a larger randomized clinical trial.
The setting was an academic-affiliated Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern California. Categorization and comparison of the types and frequency of incidents (i.e., triggering events) were collected.

Participants reported a total of 268 triggering events. Content analysis of the outcomes resulted in 12 discreet categories, including relaxing and calming down, letting go of negative feelings, thinking clearly and rationally, diverting attention away from triggering events, focusing attention, refining mantram skills, dealing with sleep disturbances, coming back from flashbacks, slowing down, communicating thoughts and feelings more effectively, feeling in touch spiritually, and letting go of physical pain.
The investigators conclude that this program of Mantram Repetition was helpful in managing a wide range of emotional reactions in Veterans with posttraumatic stress.
Citation: Bormann JE1, Hurst S, Kelly A. Responses to Mantram Repetition Program from Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: a qualitative analysis. Journal of Rehabilitation, Research and Development. 2013;50(6):769-84. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award