Meditation Technique Helps Traumatized Soldiers

by on June 7th, 2012 at 8:31 am

PTSD HelpFor soldiers, sound can mark the beginning of pain or relief from pain.

The sound of a bomb can signal the beginning of damage to a soldier’s body and mind. But the sound of a person’s voice may provide relief from mental suffering, according to new scientific findings.

A recent study found that a technique using meditative sound could relax soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that’s often caused by combat trauma.1

The study is entitled, Effects of Transcendental Meditation in Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

For the twelve-week study, Joshua Z. Rosenthal and colleagues screened veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, gave the soldiers meditation training, and assessed the soldiers.

“Eleven subjects [soldiers] were screened, 7 were enrolled, and 5 completed the trial,” noted the scientists.

The scientists also reported that a certified instructor trained each veteran in Transcendental Meditation, or TM, which involves repeating a mantra (sound) to relax, according to the book, Transcendence.

“The results of this small, uncontrolled pilot study found that TM may have helped alleviate symptoms of PTSD and improve quality of life in veterans … with combat-related PTSD,” Rosenthal and colleagues concluded.

American war veterans who would like to learn Transcendental Meditation can find a qualified instructor through TM.org, the official Web site for this meditation technique.

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Sources:

  1. Joshua Z. Rosenthal et al, “Effects of Transcendental Meditation in Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” Military Medicine.
  2. Norman E. Rosenthal, “Transcendence,” Penguin.

One Response to “Meditation Technique Helps Traumatized Soldiers”

  1. David Spector

    Jun 9th, 2012

    A soldier, caught in an impossible, violent situation, is faced with a sensory and cognitive overload. This exposure to external stress, additional to his or her chronic stressors of warfare, can be internalized in a way that creates enormous dysfunction (depression or PTSD). At some point, the build-up of constant or continuous overloads can cause mental and/or physical breakdown.

    Transcendental Meditation (or other transcending technique, such as NSR) reverses this deposition of internalized stress. It does this by establishing a unique state of the physiology, which has been described as a deep state of restful alertness. Physiological measurements show a deep state of rest, along with indications of dramatic reduction in anxiety.

    The result is that even PTSD, so difficult to address through normal therapeutic interventions, can be addressed and even reversed through a simple, natural, and effortless mental technique.

    It is imperative that the VA and veterans’ organizations be encouraged to support research into the use of transcending techniques in addressing and reversing depression and PTSD in returning veterans.

    This is an urgent social problem. Any publicity and education that can be done should be done, until the problem has been adequately addressed.

    David Spector
    Natural Stress Relief/USA

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