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Transcendental Meditation: Solution for PTSD 'epidemic'
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
Leadership in the military and the government have declared Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) an epidemic. According to Ed Schloeman, CMS (Ret.) NYANG (New York Air National Guard) and National Co-Chair of Operation Warrior Wellness, 2011 and 2012 saw a record number of military and veteran suicides due to PTSD.
Ed Schloeman and Operation Warrior Wellness think they have found a solution to the epidemic: Transcendental Meditation. The meditation technique has been tested repeatedly and found to dramatically improve PTSD symptoms without side effects or drugs. What's more, the technique is cost-effective.
To spread awareness of the predominance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—and its evidence-based, effective treatment with Transcendental Meditation—Operation Warrior Wellness hosted a luncheon at the New York Athletic Club.
A new video features speakers at the event, who included PTSD survivors, their family members, and researchers and educators involved in evaluating Transcendental Meditation's effectiveness in treating the disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects more than psychology, said Dr Robert Cancro, Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center.
He explained, 'We have to recognize something that is truly important scientifically, that the exposure to emotional experiences not only changes you emotionally, but changes you physically. [These experiences] change your brain—they change the way your brain works, the way your brain processes information. [PTSD] is as real as a physical injury in terms of the neurological consequences.'
Richard W. Schneider, RADM USCGR (Ret.), expressed a similar perspective. Admiral Schneider is President of Norwich University, the first private military academy in the United States.*
He feels that the name of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder should be changed to Post-Traumatic Stress Injury because the consequences are as real as any physical injury.
He concluded that Transcendental Meditation and Operation Warrior Wellness can make a difference for veterans who have been injured with Post-Traumatic Stress.
* Ongoing research at Norwich University is documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in decreasing stress and building resilience in military cadets.
See related article: US: New York City event focuses on treating PTSD with Transcendental Meditation
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