Title

Mindfulness as a Treatment Component for Adults Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2015

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

David J. Roseborough

Abstract

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has become a widely recognized and accepted mental health concern affecting many individuals. Various treatment approaches are used to alleviate the symptomology of this mental health condition including: different therapeutic approaches, psychotropic medication, and mindfulness. The purpose of this research project was to analyze and distill existing research pertaining to the neurological implications of trauma and mindfulness, with emphasis on how the latter is an effective treatment approach for the former. Data were analyzed in three phases: one, PTSD and Mindfulness; two, Mindfulness and the Brain and; three, Mindfulness and its Impact on the Brain for adults with PTSD. Findings show how that trauma not only impacts the three regions of the brain (hindbrain, midbrain, and forebrain), but a person's body as a whole. Findings suggest that mindfulness may positively counteract the effects of PTSD due to activating and influencing different areas of the brain, which have been deregulated after encountering trauma, with particular impact upon the structure and function of the brain.

Keywords

mindfulness, PTSD, neuroscience

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