Mobile App: Heart Rate Variability

HRV is the best non-invasive measure of the Autonomic Nervous System, the main controller of health and performance functions. HRV is a direct link to your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and can therefore be used to gain insights into your nervous system, stress and recovery activity.

Treating TBI and PTSD together

Researchers are combining an evidence-based PTSD treatment called cognitive processing therapy (CPT) with a relatively new approach to mTBI called Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy, or CogSMART for short.

Vets Find Mantram Repetition Helps PTSD Symptoms

Only about half the veterans suffering from PTSD seek treatment, because of the stigma attached to asking for help. The VA Medical Center in San Diego is testing an ancient meditation technique called “Mantram Repetition” to see…

Telehealth Counseling Makes PTSD Treatment Accessible For Veterans

It’s called telemental health — virtually connecting patient with psychologist. Nearly a quarter of veterans return home with post-traumatic stress disorder, but only a few actually seek treatment. Hectic schedules, transportation challenges and the persistent stigma regarding mental health may prevent those in need from seeking help.

Helping Veterans get PTSD Treatment in Community Settings

CESAMH researchers provided free trainings in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to mental health providers in San Diego County.  CPT is one of the most well-researched and effective treatments for PTSD.  In addition to the usual CPT training the VA uses, however, the team added to the training to identify any special hurdles that mental health providers might have in using the therapy with the Veterans they see.  The CESAMH team is collecting information from the providers who took the training to help make the training even more effective!

‘Mantram’ technique benefits Veterans with PTSD

Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, reported that her team’s six-week Mantram Repetition Program resulted in improvements in “existential spiritual well-being” among the 146 Veterans who completed the program, conducted at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The program also significantly improved Veterans’ scores on a measure of self-efficacy—how confident they felt in their ability to manage their PTSD symptoms.