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Evidence-based solution for post-traumatic stress dilemma
by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. (Ret.) and David Leffler
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14 April 2014
On 9 April 2014 The Hill reported: ''Over half a million U.S. troops suffer from stress-induced problems like Post-traumatic Stress (PTS). Less than 20 percent receive proper care due to ineffective treatments, insufficient government resources, or fear of stigma. Half get no care at all. Left untreated, PTS cripples functioning and puts military personnel and veterans at greater risk for self-destructive and violent behavior,'' write U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. (Ret.) and David Leffler. The Hill is a top US political website, widely read by Washington policymakers.
''The Department of Defense (DoD) has invested millions in programs to prevent stress-related psychological disorders such as PTS. However, the Institute of Medicine panel of the National Academies concluded there is little evidence that they are effective. . . .
''In fact, experts acknowledge that PTS has generally been highly resistant to the many conventional approaches . . . . There is, however, an alternative approach highly effective in treating PTS. We suggest that more attention be given to the large body of evidence supporting the Transcendental Meditation Program.'' 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 defence.
''Transcendental Meditation, also known as TM, is an evidenced-based solution, with a substantial amount of published, peer-reviewed research that has accumulated since 1970. In both case studies and clinical trials, TM has vastly outperformed other modalities by dramatically reducing stress, anxiety, depression and a host of PTS symptoms.''
In addition to several studies on combat veterans, the authors cite one recently ''published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress documenting significant reductions in PTS symptoms within ten days among African war refugees from the Congo who were taught TM. In a month, eleven subjects were virtually free of symptoms. . . .
''Many US military personal and veterans desperately need help now. . . . The TM evidence-based research tells an objective story pointing to a simple, fast, effective, and cost-effective solution.''
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McKnight became the first 3-star commander to lead the U.S. Army Communications Command comprised of more than 33,000 soldiers and civilians globally spread throughout fourteen countries. He is the author of From Pigeons to Tweets: A General Who Led Dramatic Change in Military Communication. Leffler, Ph.D., is executive director at the civilian think tank Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) www.StrongMilitary.org. He served as an associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. He is on Twitter.
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