British Army sending 4000 troops to India for Meditation to counter PTSD

Last updated on Dec 13, 2012

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

British Government is planning on sending its troops returning from Afghanistan to India for meditation to they can de-stress to ward off the PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is no longer a fancy psychological term only found in bulky books and journals on the subject. It’s a reality countries involved in wars are grappling with on a day-to-day basis, and which has forced them to look for solutions to help troops dodge and beat the condition.
It’s not just troops that suffer from the disorder. Anyone that has been through any type of trauma may suffer from PTSD, which involves reliving the trauma in nightmares and flashbacks and feelings of irritability and isolation. It can be treated by antidepressants and psychological treatments, although some prefer a more natural treatment option to pharmaceuticals; in this case, marijuana. Cannabis helps control the fight or flight response, which prevents it from going into overdrive, which can greatly help those living with PTSD. Those looking into this form of treatment may want to research this pink death strain to help them with their condition.
However, PTSD is most commonly associated with troops, which is why the British army approached the Bihar tourism board with a proposition to allow 4,000 of its battle-fatigued troops, all practicing Buddhists, to visit Bodh Gaya so they can de-stress via meditation under the holy ‘Mahabodhi’ tree at the ancient haven of Buddhism.
Come January, the troops will start arriving in batches of 100-150 to spend a week at Bodh Gaya and Sarnath in a bid to seek mental peace after their prolonged involvement in the war against terror in different countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. (Source)

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