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Transcendental Meditation twice as effective as other techniques in reducing anxiety
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21 October 2011
In addition to reducing stress and stress-related illness, the Transcendental Meditation technique improves emotional well-being—including key reductions in anxiety and depression.
This research supports other findings that veterans with PTS (post-traumatic stress) who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique enjoy significant improvements in emotional and psychological health.
Click here to learn more about research related to veterans' emotional health.
The first of three scientific studies featured in this section, including charts displaying their findings, is a meta-analysis of 146 studies comparing the effectiveness of different mental and physical relaxation techniques on reducing trait anxiety. (Other approaches included PMR, EMG-Biofeedback, Mantra meditation, and concentration.)
Trait anxiety is the level of unease that a person feels regardless of situation or circumstance. As such, trait anxiety levels play an important role in a person's overall mood.
The study showed that the Transcendental Meditation technique was twice as effective in reducing anxiety by a statistically significant margin. Interestingly, the second most effective modality was placebo. (Journal of Clinical Psychology 45(6): 957-974, 1989)
Global Good News will continue to report on research on the Transcendental Meditation program related to alleviation of PTS in veterans.
Click here for more about Operation Warrior Wellness—an initiative of the David Lynch Foundation to help combat veterans overcome the debilitating effects of traumatic stress through Transcendental Meditation.
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