Per the National Center for PTSD, " PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. During this kind of event, you may not have any control over what's happening, and you may feel very afraid. Anyone who has gone through something like this can develop PTSD.
Fishing can do wonders for one’s mental health. It’s no wonder that over the last five years, programs have popped up which put behavioral health challenges and recreational activities like fishing together in pursuit of mental wellness.
The combination of mental relaxation and an easy form of exercise can also help those who suffer from PTSD. A 2009 study shows that fishing can lower PTSD symptoms and increase the mood of those who suffer from the disorder. After three days of fly fishing, participants reported a 32 percent reduction in guilt and a 43 percent decrease in feelings of hostility. The feeling of fear was also reduced by 30 percent and sadness dropped by 36 percent. These positive effects remained even a full month after the fishing retreat. Benefits of therapy fishing include the following: