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Transcendental Meditation helps vets with PTSD
by Rick Nauert, PhD, Senior News Editor
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18 June 2011
On 18 June 2011 Psych Central reported:
A recently published pilot study suggests the practice of Transcendental Meditation reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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''Even though the number of veterans in this study was small, the results were very impressive,'' said Norman Rosenthal, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School. The veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars showed a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms of PTSD after eight weeks of practicing Transcendental Meditation.
The study found that Transcendental Meditation produced significant reductions in stress and depression, and marked improvements in relationships and overall quality of life. Furthermore, the authors reported that the technique was easy to perform and was well accepted by the veterans.
Dr Rosenthal believes Transcendental Meditation helps people with PTSD because regular practice produces long-term changes in sympathetic nervous system activity, as evidenced by decreased blood pressure, and lower reactivity to stress.
The study is found in the June 2011 issue of Military Medicine.
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