Transcendental Meditation Proves Effective for Veterans With PTSDBy Richard Scott – January 26, 2018
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who engaged in daily rounds of transcendental meditation for a month saw significant improvements in their condition, according to a study appearing in the journal Military Medicine.
PTSD, a disorder that occurs in people who have experienced a traumatic event, can result in cognitive problems, stress, mood swings, thoughts of despair and other symptoms. While about 8 percent of the U.S. population experiences PTSD at some point in their lives, rates among members of the military are significantly higher — with an incidence as high as 20 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The new study, which assessed the impact of transcendental meditation on 41 veterans and five active service members who had been diagnosed with PTSD, found that after one month of meditation therapy 37 of the participants — or 80 percent — saw a drastic enough reduction of symptoms that they were no longer considered to have PTSD.