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US: New York City event focuses on treating PTSD with Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
An event at the New York Athletics Club in February aimed to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its effective treatment with Transcendental Meditation.
A newly released video features the event—'Overcoming PTSD and Preventing Suicides: An Evidence-based Approach through Meditation in the Military'—hosted by the David Lynch Foundation and Operation Warrior Wellness, which was designed to raise support for veterans and active-duty military personnel to get help dealing with PTSD.
This issue has come to the forefront in recent years, with suicide among veterans and active-duty service members at an all-time high.
According to Ed Schloeman, CMS (Ret.) NYANG (New York Air National Guard) and the National Co-Chair of Operation Warrior Wellness, PTSD is 'a subject that the leadership in our military and in our government have called an epidemic'.
He added that there were a record number of suicides in 2011, but that number increased in 2012, surpassing combat deaths.
Robert Cancro, MD, Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center, added that Post-Traumatic Stress, though its cause is psychological, has far-reaching effects.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 'is as real as a physical injury in terms of the neurological consequences', Dr Cancro said.
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Richard W. Schneider, President of America's first private military college, Norwich University, agreed that PTSD deserves more scrutiny and dedication to finding effective treatments.
He said, 'I think we should change the name of Post-Traumatic Stress ''Disorder'' to ''Injury'' because [patients] are injured.'
Marguerite Meyer, EdD, Director of the Academic Achievement Center at Norwich University, thinks Transcendental Meditation might be the most effective treatment available and she says the research backs her up.
Dr Meyer cited a study that found a quick increase in resilience amongst soldiers in the United States and Scandinavia who practise Transcendental Meditation. She pointed out that a higher score on the resiliency scale is known to predict the success of Army Special Ops.
'This is a really stunning example,' Dr Meyer said, 'of how TM after a brief amount of time has made a huge difference.'
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