Effectiveness of ‘mantram’ repetitions in military-related PTSD

Bormann, J.E., et al. (2018). Individual Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Using Mantram Repetition: A Randomized Clinical Trial. The American Journal of Psychiatry. Online 20 Jun 2018, https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.17060611. From the Abstract.

Objective: Previous studies suggest that group “mantram” (sacred word) repetition therapy, a non-trauma-focused complementary therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may be an effective treatment for veterans.

Design: The study was a two-site, open-allocation, blinded-assessment randomized trial involving 173 veterans diagnosed with military-related PTSD from two Veterans Affairs outpatient clinics.

Results: Individually delivered mantram repetition therapy was generally more effective than present-centered therapy for reducing PTSD symptom severity and insomnia.