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"Seattle hospital teaches meditation to troubled vets"

By Michelle Ma
Seattle Times staff reporter

After four combat tours — two in Iraq and two in Afghanistan — normal life seemed impossible for one Seattle Army veteran.

His heart raced when driving under an overpass, and he had trouble breathing when stuck in snarled traffic. As a soldier in combat, he wouldn't dare slow down for fear of being bombed or shot.

Crowded rooms were just as bad. He locked himself away at home and drank instead of facing large groups or loud, sudden noises. He responded to the slightest sense of threat with all-out aggression.

Last summer, the 34-year-old sergeant sought help at the Seattle veterans hospital, enrolling in group and individual therapy and starting medication to treat what doctors diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

He also practices a form of meditation he learned through the VA Puget Sound Health Care System t


Added: May-25-2009 Occurred On: May-17-2009
By: Smitten_Kitten
Iraq, Afghanistan, Other
Tags: seattle hospital, teaches meditation, vets, troubled vets, veterans, meditation, ptsd, smitten_kitten
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