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Interest growing in Transcendental Meditation for PTSD treatment
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
The first research on Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was conducted over thirty years ago. The results of the pilot study were positive: After just three months of practice, the meditating Vietnam veterans experienced dramatic reductions in PTSD symptoms; 70 per cent found that they no longer required the services of the Denver Veterans Center where they were being treated.*
In recent years a growing momentum of interest in the programme has been building.
An article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports, ' ''It hasn't been until the last few years that there has been a more official interest,'' says Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, which promotes Transcendental Meditation to treat PTSD. ''I think the reason why they're really looking at Transcendental Meditation now is that the problem is so acute.'' '
A branch of the David Lynch Foundation, Operation Warrior Wellness, focuses on providing support for veterans, active duty military personnel, and first responders who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Operation Warrior Wellness also strives to raise awareness of the issue and of Transcendental Meditation's effectiveness in treating PTSD.
Luke Jensen, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and member of the board of advisors for Operation Warrior Wellness, has experienced firsthand the relief that Transcendental Meditation can provide PTSD sufferers.
He spoke at a luncheon hosted by the David Lynch Foundation to raise support for Operation Warrior Wellness.
'I want to thank the David Lynch Foundation and Operation Warrior Wellness not only for what they did for my family and me, but for what they are continuing to do for veterans and their families,' Mr Jensen said. 'You have a World War II veteran, a Vietnam veteran, and an Afghanistan veteran up here speaking today who have all benefited from TM.'
Richard W. Schneider, RADM USCGR (Ret.) and President of Norwich University, said, 'We know that the David Lynch Foundation can make a difference.'
Click here to watch a five-minute video about research showing increased resilience among military cadets practising Transcendental Meditation at Norwich University.
* Journal of Counseling and Development 64: 212-215, 1985.
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