Traumatized Gaza children relieved by mind-body techniques (2)

09:39, July 12, 2011      

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Nariman and her mother were among nearly a dozen women and girls, part of a group that has undertaken a six-month program aimed at treating the PTSD, reducing tension and stress through techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback and yoga.

The women, girls and the local physiologist closed their eyes, smiled softly and relaxed as they recall nicer memories in a bid to take out stress. Later, they danced and sang.

This way of treatment also involves drawing, imagining safe places and relaxing. It is often done in groups.

Nariman's brothers and sisters were disobedient, their mother Najah said. But as she learns the mind-and-body techniques, she applies them in her house, "now when I say anything to my kids, they answer yes," she said.

This means that children "are recovering," Gordon said.

"The work that we are doing gives kids the skill and the confidence to be able to quiet their anxious nervous system," added the U.S. doctor.

Gordon has trained 230 psychiatrists and psychologists to use his techniques. In return, the trained specialists pass the skills to dozens more.

In June, the CMBM issued a study analyzing the effectiveness of the mind-body skills and techniques on traumatized children. Children had 10 sessions of treatment and seven-month follow-up, 72.4 percent of the children who had PTSD no longer met the criteria.

"The children here in Gaza suffered terribly. They have suffered for a long time, particularly in 2009. These children carry with them the scars of that war, you can't see them, but they are there. Many of them are angry, they are frightened," Gordon said.

Source: Xinhua

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