Art Therapy Convention Focuses on Helping Veterans with PTSD
The annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association has a special focus on veterans this year. Several sessions of the conference will focus on the use of art therapy in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other military trauma conditions.
Art therapy is one of many alternative PTSD treatments researchers are currently studying. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) keeps track of ongoing studies and research involving complementary and alternative medicine for PTSD. Their current reports are as follows:
- Acupuncture: The conducting of one study has provided limited data, but shows promise. Further trials are needed to confirm effectiveness and promote use.
- Meditation: Several studies exist that evaluate the effectiveness of meditation for veterans with PTSD. The studies have varying degrees of success and longevity, but no conclusive evidence exists for promoting the therapy.
- Relaxation: Studies are divided on this technique, with some showing no improvement and others seeing minor improvement.
- Yoga: One study found significant symptom decreases in female veterans who engaged in yoga, but found no between-group differences.
Clinicians and veterans help groups also promote several other methods of alternative PTSD treatment. Many veterans find comfort in service animals trained to detect and prevent traumatic episodes. Other veterans find participating in new low-key hobbies or activities such as fishing, gardening, and writing help them find peace in times of anxiety and trauma.
Veterans with PTSD May Qualify for Veterans Disability Benefits
PTSD is one of many conditions that veterans may experience after serving our country. If you suffer from mental conditions connected to your military service, the Disability Help Group is here to assist you with a veterans’ disability claim. Contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!