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Interview: Three experts explain post traumatic stress disorder from terrorism and war

Algerie Patriotique (Algeria)    Translate This Article
27 June 2014

On 27 June Algerie Patriotique published an extensive, wide-ranging interview, in which three experts discuss post-traumatic stress (PTS), its causes and devastating physical and emotional effects in many millions of people across Africa, including in Algeria.

(The interview is published in French, with the title:
Interview - Trois experts expliquent le stress post-traumatique dû au terrorisme et à la guerre.)

Dr Atmane Kouider, Dr David Leffler, and David Shapiro* also bring out findings of recent published research showing rapid, substantial decreases in PTS symptoms in African war refugees who have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of world peace.

The interview probes deeply the timely implications of this research—in particular the potential of large-scale adoption of Transcendental Meditation as a simple, cost-effective, evidence-based solution—not only to alleviate individuals' suffering, but also to reduce and ultimately prevent societal stress from erupting in violence and war. This is the aim of an initiative sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation and African PTSD Relief.

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Global Good News will feature excerpts from the interview in English in the coming days.

* About the interviewees:

Atmane Kouider, Ph.D., is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation programme who has taught this stress-reduction technique for the past 37 years in Algeria and worldwide to thousands of Muslims in North Africa and Asia.

David Shapiro, M.A., is Founding President of African PTSD Relief, a non-profit corporation dedicated to reducing PTS across Africa by teaching the Transcendental Meditation programme to individuals and groups. He is a co-author of the two research studies on TM and PTSD in Uganda. Twitter: AfricaPTSRelief ∙ YouTube

David Leffler, Ph.D, is Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) and the author of ''A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising - Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace.'' He is on Twitter.

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