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J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(6):769-84. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2012.06.0118.

Responses to Mantram Repetition Program from Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: a qualitative analysis.

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VA San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr (111N-1), San Diego, CA 92161.


This study describes ways in which a Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) was used for managing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in 65 outpatient Veterans with PTSD. The MRP consisted of six weekly group sessions (90 min/wk) on how to (1) choose and use a mantram, (2) slow down thoughts and behaviors, and (3) develop one-pointed attention for emotional self-regulation. Critical incident research technique interviews were conducted at 3 mo postintervention as part of a larger randomized clinical trial. The setting was an academic-affiliated Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern California. Categorization and comparison of the types and frequency of incidents (i.e., triggering events) were collected. Participants reported a total of 268 triggering events. Content analysis of the outcomes resulted in 12 discreet categories, including relaxing and calming down, letting go of negative feelings, thinking clearly and rationally, diverting attention away from triggering events, focusing attention, refining mantram skills, dealing with sleep disturbances, coming back from flashbacks, slowing down, communicating thoughts and feelings more effectively, feeling in touch spiritually, and letting go of physical pain. The study shows that the MRP was helpful in managing a wide range of emotional reactions in Veterans with PTSD.

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