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24 Mar

Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor investigated the feasibility, appeal, and clinical efficacy of an MBCT (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) group intervention, adapted for combat-related posttraumatic stress, or PTSD, as the VA still calls it.
   
Consecutive patients seeking treatment for chronic PTSD at a VA outpatient clinic were enrolled in 8-week MBCT groups, modified for posttraumatic stress (four groups, n = 20) or brief treatment-as-usual (TAU) comparison group interventions (three groups, n = 17).
 
Pre- and post-therapy psychological assessments used the CAPS scale (clinician administered PTSD scale) on all patients.  In addition, the MBCT groups filled out , self-report measures (the PTSD diagnostic scale, PDS, and the posttraumatic cognitions inventory, PTCI).

18 Mar

Researchers from the firm of Collinge & Associates in Eugene, Oregon, reported on pilot data from phase I of a project to develop and evaluate a self-directed program of integrative therapies for National Guard personnel and significant others to support reintegration and resilience after return from Iraq or Afghanistan.
 
Data was reported on 43 couple pairs.  The intervention was an integrated multimedia package of guided meditative, contemplative, and relaxation exercises (on CD), and instruction in simple massage techniques (DVD) to promote stress reduction and interpersonal connectedness.

A repeated measures design with standardized instruments was used to establish stability of baseline levels of relevant mental health domains (day 1, day 30), followed by the intervention and assessments 4 and 8 weeks later.

17 Dec

{mosimage} This highly acclaimed, research-proven, physician-endorsed guided imagery combines healing imagery, powerful music and a state-of-the-art understanding of the mind-body connection to reduce or eliminate acute anxiety and panic attacks. The first 3 exercises: conscious breathing, mantra meditation and body awareness, can be used separately or cumulatively; followed by 18 minutes of guided imagery to reduce fear & isolation; instill a sense of mastery and control; and manage or eliminate symptoms. With affirmations and exquisite, new music by Steven Mark Kohn. 

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17 Dec

{mosimage}This audio product combines 4 exercises on this 2 CD program: imagery for mastering anxiety; guided imagery to pump up feelings of love, safety and protection; a soothing, walking meditation for the fidgeters among us who can’t sit still; and affirmations for use anytime.

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11 Dec

{mosimage}This guided imagery program is for facing any stressful situation, to help with general anxiety, or to just promote feelings of peace, balance and optimism. The images heighten feelings of love and safety, pump up serotonin and promote an energized calm.

It is also the first half of a research-proven imagery protocol for posttraumatic stress, which yielded dramatic outcomes for survivors of trauma. (The second half was our Healing Trauma imagery.) To receive our 15% military discount, enter promotional code SS1508 as you make your purchase.

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11 Dec

{mosimage}This audio program teaches critical self-regulation skills so people can maintain calm focus and peak performance during chaotic situations. Designed to stabilize the wide biochemical swings produced by acutely stressful events, this may provide extra inoculation against the later development of PTSD. Includes breath work, key word repetition, body scanning, guided imagery for deep relaxation and guided imagery for restful sleep. To receive our 15% military discount, enter promotional code SS1508 as you make your purchase.

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02 Aug

In one randomized, placebo-controlled study with 261 substance abusing vets, a self-hypnosis protocol did not effect the rate of relapse, but it did help with self-esteem, serenity and levels of anger & impulsivity.
15 Aug

We have strong indications that our Healing Trauma imagery gives an assist to existing cognitive behavioral and multi-modal programs for PTSD in recovering vets, but Leslie Root, PhD, Ellen Koch, PhD & colleagues at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi, wanted to measure the effects of the trauma-specific imagery as the only add-on intervention after each of 5 group treatment sessions for PTSD. This breaks new ground.