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July 19, 2013

Psychiatric Annals Publishes Final Article in Novel Treatments for Military-related Psychological Disorders Series

Thorofare, NJ – Psychiatric Annals, a SLACK Incorporated publication, recently published a paper detailing how methods of mindfulness can positively impact the damaging symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans of war. In print for over 40 years, Psychiatric Annals is relied upon by over 36,000 psychiatric professionals to provide timely research, review articles and continuing medical education.

Psychiatric Annals is the most widely read journal for continuing education in psychiatry. Delivered monthly to psychiatrists, every issue provides a thorough, multi-authored look at a single topic relevant to today’s specialists. Topics are carefully selected from an Editorial Board composed of experts and world-renowned leaders from foremost medical and teaching institutions.

The July 2013 issue of Psychiatric Annals features, “Self-Care Mindfulness Approaches for Refractory Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” the final article in a series of novel treatment therapies for military-related psychological illnesses. Mindfulness, as defined by this article, is “the ability to maintain moment by moment, open, acceptant, non-judgmental awareness.” In war veterans and active-duty military suffering from PTSD, mechanisms of mindfulness such as meditation, relaxation, yoga and mantram vs. mantra) repetition have been shown to help reduce avoidance behavior, anxiety and depressive symptoms while promoting coping and self-efficacy skills. While it is important to note that mindfulness approaches are not currently recommended for first-line PTSD treatment, their inherent autonomy allow patients to freely control their anxiety, depression and other negative emotions whenever they may arise.

“Mindfulness-based approaches have grown rapidly in popularity and are increasingly employed to treat a number of mental health conditions,” said Marina Khusid, MD, ND, MSA, author of this article and Clinical Faculty member, Department of Family Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Engaging patients in a patient-centered collaborative care model through use of mindfulness approaches to self-manage their chronic mental illness may lead to increased levels of functioning, improved health outcomes, and decreased health care costs.”

“I am delighted to see evidence presented in Marina Khusid's article on the benefits of mindfulness for PTSD symptoms,” said Jan Fawcett, MD, Editor of Psychiatric Annals. “The mind is focused on each breath while thoughts are recognized and gently let go with a focus on the breath. With practice, these ‘no thought’ periods increase, leaving one with a feeling of relaxation.”

“Military service members and veterans often shy away from ‘traditional’ treatments for PTSD, fearing side-effects of medication and/or simply not wanting to talk about the trauma,” said Colonel (Ret.) Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH, the PTSD series guest editor and Chief Medical Officer, District of Columbia, Department of Mental Health. “When I talk to soldiers and Marines about treatment options they say that mindfulness is an intervention that actually complements their military training – it helps them focus.”

This feature series on PTSD began in January 2013, with additional articles appearing within the February through June 2013 issues of Psychiatric Annals and on Healio.com/Psychiatry. In June 2013, this series explored the positive impact of service dog training on soldiers with PTSD. The May 2013 article looked at how acupuncture is aiding active duty military and war veterans in their fight against PTSD. In April 2013, the series explored the positive impact of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies on military personnel with PTSD. The March 2013 paper focused on how applications of virtual reality are being designed and implemented to prevent, identify and treat combat-related psychological disorders in service members and veterans. In February 2013, this series addressed the use of the stellate ganglion block (SGB) technique for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. This technology has been shown in a series of case reports to deaden unconscious emotional memories before they trigger unwanted symptoms in military patients with PTSD.

Every issue of Psychiatric Annals focuses on a specific topic in psychiatry and contains multiple CME articles related to that topic. In addition to providing accurate coverage of relevant topics in the field, each issue of Psychiatric Annals also contains a CME quiz that allows physicians to earn up to 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. The ability to earn continuing education credits while receiving updates on new psychiatric developments is why Psychiatric Annals has remained a preeminent publication for the discipline.

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