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Study finds Transcendental Meditation may help prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 August 2013
Cadets at the oldest private military college in the United States have experienced increased levels of resilience through the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM).
Norwich University is conducting studies on the effectiveness of the meditation technique in preventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through increasing resilience before soldiers experience acute levels of stress in combat.
Said Carole Bandy, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Norwich University, 'Resilience is known to be the opposite of Post-Traumatic Stress, which is why we're so very interested in it.'
Dr Bandy explained that results from the university's studies have shown a strong link between Transcendental Meditation and resilience.
'The TM effect is a resilience effect,' she said. Not only were the results clear, but they also occurred quickly. 'The scores on the dispositional resilience scale indicate a very large increase in resilience for the Transcendental Meditation group in only two months.'
Dr Bandy showed a graph of the results. The resilience of the control group dropped slightly over the study's duration, while the level of resilience in the TM group increased dramatically.
Cadets at Norwich University noticed this shift for themselves.
c/CPT Brandon Jennings, a senior and Cadet Company Commander, saw the difference in the meditating cadets.
'As the year progressed,' he said, 'I began noticing changes within the Transcendental Meditation platoon. They were not having difficulties staying awake during study hours or during class. Their uniforms were pristine, their discipline and morale high, much higher than the average platoon.'
These changes, he added, were no mere coincidence.
c/SFC Sam Lieber, a junior and Platoon Sergeant, was part of the TM group. He spoke firsthand of the changes he experienced.
'Transcendental Meditation . . . has made a difference in my life more incredible than I had initially expected. With a larger workload than the average college student and the everyday stresses of college life, I was better able to cope with the stress and manage my work, allowing me to have an outstanding semester.'
Having seen his results, Mr Lieber said he plans to take Transcendental Meditation with him in all his future endeavours.
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