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New research: Transcendental Meditation reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress by 50 per cent

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1 October 2011

Two pilot studies examined the effects of Transcendental Meditation on the symptoms of PTS (post traumatic stress). In both cases, combat veterans experienced dramatic reductions in symptoms of PTS and increased quality of life.

Study #1:

Military Medicine 176 (6): 626-630, 2011
(* See below for large-print explanations of the four
types of assessments used in the study.)

This recently conducted pilot examines the efficacy of the TM technique for treating OEF/OIF veterans with PTS. By the eighth week of practicing TM, veterans experienced a 50 percent reduction in PTS symptoms, according to the Clinician-Administered PTS Scale (the gold standard of PTS testing).

The veterans also reported decreased depression and improved quality of life—showing a greater ability to return to their lives after the war. This study replicates and extends the results of earlier research.

* Explanation of legend in chart—four types of assessments used in the study:

Beck Depression Index (BDI): Widely used inventory for assessing existence and severity of symptoms of depression. 

PTS Checklist-Military (PCL-M): Assesses the severity of the DSM-IV defined PTSD symptoms. Widely used by DOD and VA due to its high reliability and validity. 

Clinically-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS): 30-item structured interview that assesses, among other factors, DSM-IV defined PTSD symptoms and their effects on social functioning. 

Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-Les-Q): 93-item self-report instrument, measuring the amount of satisfaction the patient enjoys in different areas of life. Reliable measure for assessing aspects of mental health not covered by other inventories. 

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Global Good News will continue to report on research on Transcendental Meditation and PTS.

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