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A stigma-free, portable treatment for PTSD: Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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20 August 2013
Many in the United States government and military are on the lookout for an effective and safe treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition which is affecting more and more veterans and active duty personnel.
In fact, the prevalence and severity of PTSD are causing military leaders to look into less traditional therapies. One of the most scientifically validated treatments is Transcendental Meditation (TM).
One segment on a primetime television news show in Washington, DC, included an interview with James Wilson, an Iraq war veteran who learned Transcendental Meditation after returning from active duty.
He said, 'I had a lot of stress I was dealing with,' adding that spending time around other veterans suffering profoundly from PTSD mobilized him to share his success with TM.
Mr Wilson mentioned several statistics that showcase the severity of the PTSD problem, most especially in the escalating epidemic of suicide among combat veterans.
These statistics are sobering. 'We've got to help these people,' Mr Wilson said.
He prefers Transcendental Meditation to medication, because medication can mask the symptoms.
Transcendental Meditation, on the other hand, 'is a real way to get to the root cause of the trauma, and it's very simple. That's the most important thing.'
The news anchor added, one of the great things about Transcendental Meditation is that 'once you've learned it, it's very portable. You take it wherever and you do it whenever you need to'.
Dr Sarina Grosswald, director of research for the David Lynch Foundation, agreed. She added that a sense of stigma about combat stress and PTSD is a big issue for veterans and can be a barrier for them to seek help.
But with Transcendental Meditation, 'there is no stigma,' she said. Millions of people around the world practise the technique, and so it becomes just something personal that veterans can practise in private on their own, 'and they can take it with them anywhere they go'.
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∙ Young Iraq veteran hosts event in Washington, DC, reaches out to other veterans with PTSD
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