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Vets Are Using Transcendental Meditation to Treat PTSD - With the Pentagon's Support
by Bryan Schatz

Mother Jones    Translate This Article
22 July 2017

On 22 July 2017 Mother Jones reported: Thousands of veterans have turned to Transcendental Meditation to treat their PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder]—with blessing of the Pentagon and the Veterans Administration, which are struggling to treat the epidemic levels of PTSD and suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan vets. . . . 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 fields of health and government.

The effort has been spearheaded by the David Lynch Foundation, . . . [which] has worked with VA centers, Army and Marine bases, and veterans' organizations to bring TM to vets and active-duty soldiers. . . .

In 2012, the Department of Defense put up $2.4 million for an ongoing study comparing TM with prolonged-exposure therapy, one of the VA's preferred treatments for PTSD. In January 2016, 74 active-duty service members with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress participated in a study on TM at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Half learned TM; the other half did not. After a month, only 11 percent of those who practiced TM had increased their medication levels, compared with more than 40 percent of those who weren't meditating. . . .

One veteran, a former Army nurse in Iraq [who has been practicing TM for four years], says painful memories are still there, but increasingly, they seem like a thing of the past. ''Very recently,'' she says, ''I've started to feel happiness, which I hadn't felt in years.''


Copyright © 2017 Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress

See related articles:
Use a treatment for PTSD that actually works: TM featured in The Hill, Washington, DC
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