Dr. Jill E. Bormann is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Specialist, and Clinical Professor in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego and a Research Nurse Scientist at VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Her recent publications describe her research findings related to the efficacy of mantram repetition on stress, quality of life, and spiritual well-being in veterans, health care workers, and in HIV patients. In the chosen article, Dr. Bormann discusses the results of a test conducted around the hypothesis which predicted introduction of a spiritual mantram (defined as a sacred word or phrase) would reduce the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder in veterans.
The test was conducted over a span of six weeks, and was exclusively used on veterans who had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder from war-related incidents and trauma. The test resulted in significant changes in support of the hypothesis. Conclusively, the test administered supports the hypothesis that a consistent implementation of a spiritual mantram will decrease the severity of symptoms PTSD in veterans.
Dr. Joseph M. Currier, author of this journal article, is the Assistant Professor, and Director of Clinical Training at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Currier has a Trauma Reactions and Interpersonal Loss (TRAIL) Group that’s committed to understanding PTSD and other trauma and loss related issues. His research specialties include: Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Trauma and Loss, Moral Injury, Help-seeking and Stigma, Grief and Bereavement, Military Veterans, and Psychotherapy.
This article covers an examination between over 500 U.S. Veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and the correlation between their symptom severity and spirituality. The test results revealed a direct correlation between spiritual struggles and worse PTSD outcomes. The results of the assessment suggest that understanding the possible spiritual context of veterans’ trauma-related concerns might add prognostic value and equip therpists with the tools necessary to help alleviate PTSD symptoms among those veterans who possess spiritual resources or are somehow having troubles grasping routines in this area of their lives.
Dr. Joseph M. Currier, author of this journal article, is the Assistant Professor, and Director of Clinical Training at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Currier has a Trauma Reactions and Interpersonal Loss (TRAIL) Group that’s committed to understanding PTSD and other trauma and loss related issues. His research specialties include: Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Trauma and Loss, Moral Injury, Help-seeking and Stigma, Grief and Bereavement, Military Veterans, and Psychotherapy. In this article, Dr. Currier highlights how combat-related post traumatic stress disorder can be a debilitating disorder, significantly impairing the quality of life for those suffering from this condition. Dr.
Currier also emphasizes the connection between issues with forgiveness of others and PTSD. The tests conducted in this article covers nearly 700 military veterans diagnosed with combat-related post traumatic stress disorder and its focus was on the direct or indirect correlation between spirituality, forgiveness, and the severity of symptoms related to PTSD. The findings suggest that if there is an improvement in the forgiveness spectrum for veterans with PTSD, there could potentially be an improvement in the overall quality of life as well. The article indicates a need for further research and clinical practice. Dr. Brian D. Johnson holds a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Psychological Assessment, and is the professor of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education at the University of Northern Colorado. His research and areas of interest span across the following topics: Parenting and Parent Training, Youth Mentoring, Childhood Behavior Disorders, College Student Adjustment and Retention, and Psychological Assessment. He has published several works in his field of expertise.
This article by Dr. Johnson is designed to document the research findings of s study conducted on veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and the relation to their spiritual well-being. This article indicates more research is needed in this field, as spiritual well-being is increasingly more of an interest for military agencies and veterans. The study analyzed a group of 146 veterans who had all been formally diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Spiritual well-being has been included in this study as it relates to the overall performance of soldiers and veterans and has been found to have a direct correlation to their quality of life. Dr. Michelle D. Serman is a licensed clinical pscyhologist, and the behavioral health coordinator in the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Her areas of expertise include Primary care psychology, resilience, supporting families affected by mental illness, and couples therapy. She has published several works of research.
This reseach study conducted by Dr. Sherman involved veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and their spouses or significant others. Dr. Sherman hypothesizes PTSD can have a negative impact on interpersonal and intimate relationships- and this impact also has a correlation to the person’s religious or spiritual behaviors. Dr. Sherman’s study consisted of interviews of 20 participants- 11 veterans and 9 wives of veterans. The interviews explored the spiritual and religious practices of the interviewees- both individually and as a couple. The author implies there is further research needed in this area, as there were differing responses, and the sample size was relatively small- thus not an adequate representation of the veteran and verteran-spouse population.