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Washington, DC, news programme highlights Transcendental Meditation to treat PTSD
by Global Good News staff writer
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20 August 2013
A six-minute news programme appeared recently on primetime television in Washington, DC, showcasing the use of Transcendental Meditation (TM) to treat veterans and active duty military personnel struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In the segment, the news anchor interviewed Dr Sarina Grosswald, Director of Research for the David Lynch Foundation, and Iraq veteran James Wilson.
Mr Wilson practises Transcendental Meditation and has found such good results with it that he spent his summer organizing a free event to introduce veterans with PTSD to the benefits of TM.
The title of the news story was 'Treating PTSD'.
To introduce the story, the anchor said, 'War can have lasting psychological effects on veterans, but Transcendental Meditation . . . is being used to treat the invisible scars that afflict many returning U.S. troops.' He continued, 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is something we talk about quite a lot these days.'
The anchor added that the Operation Warrior Wellness campaign is sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation. For viewers who didn't know of the connection between the award-winning filmmaker and veteran well-being, he explained, 'We are talking about the movie director, but he's been working with Transcendental Meditation for a long time to help treat these issues.'
How did Transcendental Meditation as treatment for PTSD get started?
Dr Grosswald explained. 'We first started several years ago just experimentally working with some veterans when it had become quite apparent in the Washington area that [PTSD] was a very big issue.'
She said that Transcendental Meditation has been documented again and again to be effective in reducing stress, and since Post-Traumatic Stress involves acute levels of stress, it seemed logical to try treating PTSD with TM.
Dr Grosswald added, 'I have to be honest, it was far more effective than we expected. In our first research that we did here we saw a 50 per cent reduction in PTSD in just four weeks.'
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∙ Treating PTSD with Transcendental Meditation: Experts interviewed on TV news in Washington, DC
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