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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area.  His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM.   His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Apr 11, 2019


Young people and adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffer from flashback-induced anxiety attacks that send the entire body into orbit.  Controlling the breathing rate using an electronic device helps those with PTSD relax, suppress anxiety, and better manage their symptoms.

Clinical researchers from Atlanta’s Emory University reported their success with just such a gadget to the American Physiological Society’s spring meeting this week.  A stand-alone device called the RESPeRATE was used in a group of subjects with verified PTSD, and control subjects were given sham devices to use.  The working device produces tones to help the user pace the breathing to ever slower rates while the sham device maintained a normal rate of 14 breaths per minute.

The PSTD subjects with most severe symptoms showed significant improvements in their heart rates, blood pressures, and sympathetic nervous system activity when they used the device.  This translates into relief from the effects of their flashbacks and anxiety attacks,

The RESPeRATE device is pricey at over $300 on Amazon.  If you feel that you would benefit from this type of self-help, I’d suggest trying an smartphone/pad app called Breathe2Relax.   It has not only breathing exercises but also other relaxation coaching.

American Physiological Society. "Device-guided breathing lowers heart rate, sympathetic activity in people with PTSD: Study finds greatest improvements in those with severe symptoms." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 April 2019.

#PTSD #posttraumaticstress #breathing #anxiety #flashbacks