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Does Transcendental Meditation help veterans with PTSD?
by Steve Vogel
The Washington Post Translate This Article
3 May 2012
On 3 May 2012 The Washington Post reported:
Seeking new ways to treat post-traumatic stress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (US) is studying the use of Transcendental Meditation to help returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
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VA has a ''huge investment'' in mental-health care but is seeking alternatives to conventional psychiatric treatment, said W. Scott Gould, deputy secretary of veterans affairs.
''The reality is, not all individuals we see are treatable by the techniques we use,'' Gould said at a summit Thursday in Washington on the use of TM to treat post traumatic stress suffered by veterans and active-duty service members.''
''Conventional approaches fall woefully short of the mark, so we clearly need a new approach,'' said Norman Rosenthal, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University's medical school.
But Gould said he was ''encouraged'' by the results of [TM] trials which were presented at the summit.
Two independent pilot studies of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans showed a 50 percent reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress after eight weeks, according to the summit's sponsor, the David Lynch Foundation, a charitable organization founded by the American filmmaker and television director. (The trials involve Norwich University, a private military college in Vermont, and troops recovering from wounds at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.)
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Candy Crowley, CNN's award-winning chief political correspondent, served as moderator of the summit.
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