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'My thirst for life came back': Iraq veteran overcomes PTSD through Transcendental Meditation
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14 February 2011
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The article profiles David George, a former infantryman in the US Army in Iraq. David remembers well the harrowing experiences of being in combat, and the anaesthetizing of emotions he found necessary to carry out his duties. When he returned home after his tour of duty, David found the same pattern persisting in his daily life. The emotional numbing and inability to enjoy life that David describes are among classic symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), now suffered by unprecedented numbers of combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
New hope for veterans has come in promising results found in research with veterans who learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique. Like many others, after learning TM David found dramatic reductions in the symptoms of PTSD. 'Instantly, the first time [meditating], I felt a sense of who I was before I learned how to just shut off myself from the world.' In the first few days and weeks of practising the technique, he found himself feeling better and looking forward to the future.
He heard about Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and within a few months was enrolled in the popular BA programme in Media and Communications. He enjoys living and studying in the MUM community, with 'a lot of self-motivated people who want to develop themselves, more than just getting a degree. It motivates you to do as well as you can also.'
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