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Transcendental Meditation Helps Students Cope with Adult-sized Stress
by William R. Stixrud, Ph.D.
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17 February 2015
The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring this article by William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., a leading clinical neuropsychologist in Washington, DC, who works with children, adolescents and adults with learning, attention, social and emotional disorders. Dr. Stixrud describes beneficial effects found in young people who practice Transcendental Meditation—especially reduction of stress caused by factors including sleep deprivation, academic pressure, and technology-overload on the developing brain.
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Research shows that today's teens and young adults are five to eight times more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders than young people did at the height of the Great Depression, during World War II, or during the Cold War.
Dr Stixrud describes the case of a college student demonstrating high anxiety and poor academic performance. After learning Transcendental Meditation, almost immediately the young man's sleep improved, and within three months his anxiety diminished, his mood improved dramatically, and he was choosing to use meditation (rather than drugs) as his main stress management tool. . . . he felt that he had a secret weapon that allowed him to handle the academic and social pressures of college better than most of his classmates. He also found it much easier to make healthy lifestyle choices, and he is currently very successful in his education and career development.
Forty years of research on Transcendental Meditation has found that regular practice of the technique has the same benefits for teens and college students that it does for adults. Meditating young people sleep better, for example, and they focus better, are less anxious, feel happier, and tolerate stressful situations better.
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