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Health experts bring Transcendental Meditation to Wall Street and Main Street to counter depression
by Global Good News staff writer
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11 October 2009
A live webcast 9 October on 'Overcoming Depression in a Recession' featured research showing that the Transcendental Meditation Technique has a stabilizing effect on the physiology, reducing anxiety and depression, and promoting greater calm and increased energy. Psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, psychotherapist Nancy Liebler, neurologist Gary Kaplan, and cardiologist Abraham Bornstein spoke at the Center for Leadership Performance, New York City, USA.
Replays of the conference may be viewed online at TMBusiness.org.
The speakers noted that the economic downturn has decreased job security on Wall Street and Main Street. Layoffs mean that surviving employees must take on added responsibilities and a larger share of the workload. The result is escalating workplace stress, depression, and anxiety, which undermine productivity, work quality, and long-term employee retention.
These experts have teamed up to bring the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Technique to professionals in New York City—and throughout the country. They pointed out that meditating employees are healthier, more effective problem solvers, and think in more creative ways.
For more about speakers on the 9 October webcast, please visit:
Norman Rosenthal, M.D. Winter Blues, Emotional Revolution
Dr Rosenthal served as a senior researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health for 15 years, where he discovered ''Seasonal Affective Disorder'' (SAD). He is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, is director of a research laboratory that conducts drug research for the pharmaceutical industry, and has a private practice in psychiatry in Bethesda.
Nancy Liebler, PhD Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way
Dr Liebler is a psychotherapist, professor, and lecturer, with expertise in family therapy and the treatment of psychosomatic disorders. For decades, Dr Liebler has tackled the mainstream misnomers about depression, and, as an alternative to popping pills and ongoing talk therapy alone, has offered her patients proven meditation, yoga, and natural medicine strategies.
Gary P Kaplan, MD, PhD
Dr Kaplan is a neurologist and clinical associate professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine. He received the Albert H Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians.
Abraham Bornstein, MD
Dr Bornstein is an eminent cardiologist and member of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College of Columbia University, New York.
Facts about workplace stress:
The American Psychological Association (APA) reports that 81 per cent of men and 68 per cent of women between the ages of 45 and 54 describe work as a significant source of stress and anxiety in their lives. The number of men in this age group who suffer stress due to financial concerns has risen from 78 per cent to 86 per cent since September 2008.
Major depression affects approximately 15 million American adults or about 8 per cent of the US population age 18 and older in any given year. Women experience depression about twice as often as men. Approximately 80 per cent of people experiencing depression are not currently receiving any treatment. By the year 2020, depression will be the second most common health problem in the world.
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