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Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in postwar Kosovo high school students using mind-body sk

11 Oct
In a preliminary assessment of 139 traumatized teenagers in Kosovo, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine finds that survivors of war recover from PTSD with the same sorts of mind-body training used with great success with cancer patients..
Jim Gordon’s team from The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington DC offers a preliminary evaluation of their extraordinary program in Kosovo, helping traumatized, teenaged survivors of war recover from PTSD with the same sorts of mind-body training that this center uses with great success with cancer patients.

The study examines whether the practice of mind-body techniques decreases symptoms of posttraumatic stress in adolescents. Posttraumatic Stress Reaction Index questionnaires were collected from 139 high school students in Kosovo who participated in a 6-week program that included meditation, biofeedback, drawings, autogenic training (similar to the Relaxation Response), guided imagery, genograms, movement, and breathing techniques.

Three separate programs were held approximately 2 months apart. There was no control group.

Posttraumatic stress scores significantly decreased after participation in the programs. These scores remained decreased in the 2 groups that participated in the follow-up study, when compared to pretest measures. These data indicate that mind-body skills groups were effective in reducing posttraumatic stress symptoms in war-traumatized high school students.

Citation: Gordon JS, Staples JK, Blyta A, Bytyqi M. Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in postwar Kosovo high school students using mind-body skills groups: a pilot study. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2004 Apr;17 (2): pages 143-7. 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