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Voice of America TV reports on Transcendental Meditation and African PTSD Relief
by David Shapiro
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7 May 2015
On May 7, Voice of America's 'Africa 54' TV show featured a live segment on the beneficial effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in providing rapid relief from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among African refugees. Hosted by veteran health reporter Linord Moudou, the show included:
∙ an explanation of post-traumatic stress disorder by eminent psychiatrist, researcher, and author Dr. Norman Rosenthal
∙ an interview with David Shapiro, President of African PTSD Relief, who discussed the extent of PTSD across Africa, explained what Transcendental Meditation (TM) is, and reviewed scientific research on TM and PTSD, including recent studies with African refugees. In addition, refugees Pemba Madiamba and Esperance Ndozi described traumas in their lives
Watch the show on Voice of America's Africa 54.
African PTSD Relief estimates that up to 100 million Africans are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder resulting from the deep and debilitating traumas of war, violence at home and in the streets, abuse, and natural disasters. This condition leaves individuals filled with anger and often violent, with suicidal tendencies; many cannot be productive, work successfully with others or enjoy a happy family life. This is a pandemic of stress found not just in war-ridden countries, but across the continent, Mr Shapiro said.
There are often far too few mental health professionals to help. In South Africa less than one in four people with mental health needs get professional help. In Uganda and other places the ratio may be one in ten or less.
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A recent study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress on Congolese refugees with high levels of PTSD showed that 90 percent became free of PTSD symptoms within 30 days of practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique. The non-TM control group showed no change over the entire four months of testing. (Journal of Traumatic Stress, April 2013; Feb. 2014) Other studies on Transcendental Meditation show similar results in Africa.
African PTSD Relief (www.ptsdreliefnow.org) was formed to provide this solution to PTSD, both for relief and prevention, to the 100 million Africans plagued by PTSD.
African PTSD Relief inspires and coordinates projects across Africa to introduce Transcendental Meditation in high PTSD regions. Projects are underway in Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, and other countries. African PTSD Relief also encourages research to monitor levels of PTSD before and after TM is introduced in high PTSD groups.
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Over 340 published research studies document the efficacy of Transcendental Meditation for reducing stress-related disorders and promoting mental and physical health. The (US) National Institutes of Health has awarded over US$26 million for research on the effects of TM with a focus on cardiovascular disease.
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