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Women Veterans with PTSD and Deep Breathing Meditation

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very serious mental health condition that is associated with an anxiety disorder (U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, 2015). This disorder can emerge after someone has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, although it is still unclear why some people develop PTSD and others do not (U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, 2015). Veteran women are reported to have more psychological distress than men among those who have deployed to Iraq (Seppala et al, 2014). The purpose of this qualitative research paper is to analyze the results that compare and contrast the experience of veteran women with PTSD using deep breathing meditation and how this type of exercise helps them live with the disorder. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of this type of exercise while living with the disorder. This paper measures the efficiency of deep breathing meditation. The results suggest that mind-body interventions, such as deep breathing meditations showed a significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD. The study of this small population of veterans with PTSD, especially women suffering from PTSD can further help improve their quality of life.

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