Category Archives: PTSD

Exercise Program Helps People with PTSD

Exercise has many benefits. It not only improves physical health, but benefits mental health too. A new study finds that exercise can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study demonstrated that an exercise program of walking and simple strength exercises can diminish depression and anxiety in patients with PTSD. The research could…

Yoga Treatment Offers Balance to Veterans with PTSD

As many as one in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) finds that yoga can reduce some of PTSD’s symptoms including anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and intrusive memories. Although this study worked with only a small cohort, the results, according to the…

Meditation a Long-Term Remedy for PTSD

About 20 percent of veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but many are reluctant to seek treatments. A new study from Stanford University finds that breathing-based meditation may be a remedy for PTSD in the long term. After a one-week intervention, veterans reported reduced PTSD symptoms a year after the program. The findings could help…

Amygdala Reaction Linked to PTSD

Activation of the amygdala, part of the brain that affects emotional reactions and decision-making, can indicate which individuals are at-risk for developing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic experience finds research from a collaboration between the University of Washington, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University. The researchers compared…

Sleep Quality Linked to Physical Activity in PTSD

Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often experience disrupted sleep as part of their symptoms. Poor sleep quality has wide-ranging effects, causing more problems than just sleepiness. Research from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco found that sleep quality has a…

Choose Your Own PTSD Treatment

What is the best way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? It depends who you ask. Research from the University of Washington (UW) finds that when PTSD patients select their own treatment, the care is less expensive and more effective. This study is one of the first to examine the costs of PTSD treatments and…

Mindfulness Training Reduces the Impact of PTSD

When military service members return from combat, for many the battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) begins. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Naval Health Research Center tested whether a mindfulness class—training consisting of meditation and body awareness exercises—could reduce the symptoms of PTSD in U.S. Marines. They…

Yoga Eases Women’s PTSD Symptoms

Women can alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through yoga. A small study from the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare Systems found that yoga classes can be an effective part of PTSD treatment. Approximately one in 10 women in the United States are affected by PTSD; therapies like yoga…

Identifying the Risk Factors for PTSD in Teens

Most news about PTSD focuses on the struggles of returning combat veterans as they reintegrate into society. However, teens are at risk for PTSD as well. A new study out of Boston Children’s Hospital analyzed data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (a dataset on mental disorders in the US) to identify risk factors of…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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