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$2.4 million grant to support research on PTSD in veterans

Maharishi University of Management - The Review    Translate This Article
29 October 2012

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Maharishi University of Management Research Institute and a Veterans Administration center have together received a US$2.4 million federal grant to study the effect of the Transcendental Meditation program on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans.

The randomized controlled clinical trial will compare the Transcendental Meditation program to prolonged-exposure treatment—a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy considered to be the VA's ''gold standard.'' A third group will receive health education. There will be a total of 210 subjects, with the entire study taking four years to complete.

''There's a national crisis taking place with PTSD among the military returning from Afghanistan and Iraq,'' said MUM professor Sanford Nidich, the study's principal investigator. ''PTSD is a common, disabling, and costly condition among veterans, affecting 10% to 20% of this high-risk population.''

Two previous pilot studies conducted on PTSD and the experiences of veterans across the country suggest that the Transcendental Meditation program can have a significant impact on reducing PTSD. . . .

The clinical trial will provide further data on the efficacy of the Transcendental Meditation program for combat-related PTSD, and inform future military mental health policy decisions.

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