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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:19 AM

Meditation, yoga may offer answers for PTSD, combat stress: Camp Pendleton class teaches meditation

http://www.10news.com/news/meditation-yoga-may-offer-answers-for-ptsd-combat-stress-camp-pendleton-class-teaches-meditation-02062013

Meditation, yoga may offer answers for PTSD, combat stress: Camp Pendleton class teaches meditation

Desert Storm veteran says meditation changed life



Posted: 02/07/2013
Michael Chen

CAMP PENDLETON - The issue of post-traumatic stress disorder and combat stress is front and center these days, and Marine Corps leaders think they may have some answers: meditation and yoga.

A new class that attacks stress with relaxation recently began at Camp Pendleton.

"I think it's a great idea," said Billiekai Boughton.

More than two decades ago, Boughton, an Army communications specialist, was part of the Desert Storm contingent that marched into Kuwait.

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:21 AM

2. Mindfulness. n/t

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:54 AM

3. It is a start.

The fact that it has a clinical name instead of "Shell shock" or "Desert Storm Syndrome" (1991) is progress.

The real progress is bringing our men and women in Afghanistan home, but even then, this is something we have to deal with.

I prefer therapy and self-awareness over chemicals, but certain short-term medicines should be researched further. MDMA, psychopsylibin, and other altered-states of mind really can change the way your brain processes previously stored information.

I am no hippie, but something is better than nothing, yet I don't think the answer is benzodiazapines, SSRIs, alcohol, and cutting them loose into society.

Unfortunately the only way to even begin to understand what these soldiers see and deal with is to watch documentaries, because our MSM certainly does not show the reality of war. Drones are the exception. Sniping, close-quarters combat, IEDs, killing 16-year old hostile forces who you know were forced to point that weapon at you.....finding beheaded bodies of villagers that were seen "helping" you a week or two before....

The moral ambiguity of some operations is not lost on our young. They aren't coming home to parades and an economic boom and the moral high-ground like after WWII.

If I believed in an afterlife, I would believe Hitler, Truman, and Stalin would all be shaking their heads, as the USA launched our own version of Operation Barbarosa in the ME and Africa. With all of the brilliant tacticians and military historians that come out of West Point and other institutions, we couldn't even avoid doing something that was proven extremely stupid only ~20 years earlier by attempting to occupy Afghanistan.


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