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Treating PTSD with Transcendental Meditation: Experts interviewed on TV news in Washington, DC
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20 August 2013
Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation dedicated to helping members of the military who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), recently held an event in the Washington, DC, area to help give veterans the support they need to deal with extreme levels of stress.
To help raise awareness of the upcoming event, a television journalist in Washington interviewed James Wilson, a veteran of the Iraq war, and Dr Sarina Grosswald, the David Lynch Foundation's Director of Research, on the station's 'nightly news' show.
The guests emphasized that the event was free and would provide veterans with testimonials and scientific evidence showing how the mental technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM) has greatly helped those afflicted with PTSD to gain relief from their symptoms of debilitating stress.
In the six-minute interview, the anchor asked Mr Wilson about the urgency of treating PTSD.
Mr Wilson responded with stark statistics about the escalating epidemic of suicide among combat veterans.
Clearly something needs to be done. As Dr Grosswald explained, researchers have known for years that Transcendental Meditation relieves stress, but it took a few years to make the connection and to begin using Transcendental Meditation to treat PTSD.
'I have to be honest, it was far more effective than we expected,' Dr Grosswald said. 'In our first research that we did here we saw a 50 per cent reduction in PTSD in just four weeks.'
Do veterans and military personnel feel skeptical of trying a meditation technique? Dr Grosswald and Mr Wilson explained that the military focuses on training the mind and body, while Transcendental Meditation trains the mind and body to work together.
In addition, while many veterans avoid seeking treatment for PTSD because they feel it carries a stigma, Transcendental Meditation is 'portable' and can be practised anywhere—once veterans learn the technique they can practise it on their own.
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