TM reduces PTSD among active duty US Army, says new research… We are learning more about alternative treatments!

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TM reduces PTSD among active duty US Army, says new research by James Wilson on August 8, 2013

TM reduces PTSD stress… Quote from website article and video clip… Very powerful!

“New research on active duty U.S. military personnel at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, who suffered from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), found the twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique markedly reduced symptoms of PTSD. This research, published in the July 2013 issue of Military Medicine, is the third research study to show TM’s significant benefits for those with PTSD.”

“I know from my experience in Iraq just how stressful deployments can be. Last week a new survey conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) found that 1 in 3 post-9/11 veterans has considered suicide. Forty-five percent of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan know a veteran who has thought about taking his or her own life. And 37 percent know a veteran who has committed suicide.”

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I remember when the Beatles were experimenting with Transcendental Meditation (TM) long ago, and thought it was kind of weird…  Until now as part of my research to find alternative treatments for healing moral injury and PTSD, I have not thought about TM.  My wife, Judy, mentioned that she experimented with it once.  I so wish my level of awareness about PTSD started much earlier in my life.  My own journey of healing could have started much earlier…
   

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1978
Born Mahesh Prasad Varma
12 January 1918
Jabalpur, British Raj (now in Madhya Pradesh, India)
Died 5 February 2008 (aged 90)
Vlodrop, Limburg, Netherlands
Years active 1955–2008
Parents Sri Ram Prasad (father)

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There are very effective “off the couch” treatments… available for treating the symptoms of PTSD.  Many of which I have written about in this blog and in my book.  Although mental health professionals are the best resource for investigating treatment strategies, including use of prescription drugs, I tend to take human connectedness and mindfulness type treatments very seriously.  My own use of writing as therapy has been amazingly effective, which is happening right now while writing this post…  My most recent post is just one example of the value of mindfulness in the context of “vulnerability.”  Taking a pill is easy, too easy, and there can be side effects that are not very agreeable.  Just ask a survivor you know about their experience with prescription drugs, including using alcohol in the mix. 

Spend some quality time doing your own research and consulting with your primary care physician or mental health professional.  Try finding the alternative treatment strategies that work best for your own needs.  I found writing and engaging with others on the topic of life after trauma to be most effective.  What have you learned along your own journey of healing?

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story  click to order…
 

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