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Transcendental Meditation provides a new approach to treating and preventing PTSD
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6 August 2013
A new video from the David Lynch Foundation highlights a summit on resilience and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the military.
The David Lynch Foundation is dedicated to providing treatment to veterans suffering from PTSD by offering them instruction in Transcendental Meditation (TM), a stress-management technique that has been found to reduce symptoms of PTSD by 50 per cent.
At the National Summit on Resilience, the Brain, and Meditation, more than 130 military and governmental leaders and medical researchers gathered. As described on the David Lynch Foundation website, 'The meeting investigated the extensive scientific evidence and clinical experience using the Transcendental Meditation technique to promote resilience and overcome post-traumatic stress disorder among active-duty military personnel, veterans and cadets.'
The Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spoke at the summit and acknowledged that the standard methods used by the VA to treat PTSD do not work for all individuals.
Added Dr Norman Rosenthal, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, 'Conventional approaches fall woefully short of the mark, so clearly we need a new approach.'
One of these new approaches is using Transcendental Meditation to increase resilience before combat, thus preventing the occurrence of PTSD.
Ed Schloeman, CMS, US Marine Corps (Ret.), described resilience. He said, 'Resilience is often described as a personal quality that predisposes individuals to bounce back in the face of loss or stress.'
He spoke of the president of Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the United States, and his effort to arm his cadets with Transcendental Meditation, 'a tool that shall prepare them to overcome anxiety, depression, drug dependence, maintain balance within the family, and overcome the possibility of Post-Traumatic Stress'.
Richard W. Schneider, PhD, RADM USCGR (Ret.) and the 23rd President of Norwich University, said, 'It is a very simple idea. If we can get [soldiers] to have this tool before they go into battle, they'll be able to handle their own personal stress better.'
When those soldiers come back home, he continued, perhaps they will be more resilient and less prone to PTSD.
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