Meditation for PTSD ‘helps war veterans’

Does meditation work for PTSD? A recent study suggests that it might. Below is a link to the study, reported by Psych Central.

Date: 2nd June 2011
Source: Psych Central

meditation for PTSD“A recently published pilot study suggests the practice of Transcendental Meditation reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The study found that Transcendental Meditation produced significant reductions in stress and depression, and marked improvements in relationships and overall quality of life. Furthermore, the authors reported that the technique was easy to perform and was well accepted by the veterans.

The Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) was the primary measure for assessing the effectiveness of TM practice on PTSD symptoms. CAPS is considered by the Department of Veterans Affairs as the “gold standard” for PTSD assessment and diagnosis for both military veteran and civilian trauma survivors.

“Even though the number of veterans in this study was small, the results were very impressive,” said Norman Rosenthal, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School.

“These young men were in extreme distress as a direct result of trauma suffered during combat, and the simple and effortless Transcendental Meditation technique literally transformed their lives.”

Although the research employed a very small number of participants (n = 5), the veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars showed a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms of PTSD after eight weeks of practicing Transcendental Meditation…’