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Transcendental Meditation Brings University Students Rapid and Profound Recovery from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Depression

A new study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) found that Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought a group of university students in South Africa with PTSD below the threshold for PTSD. This same group showed significant recovery from depression. A comparison group with PTSD who did not learn TM showed no change in PTSD or depression levels over the 105 days of testing.

This new study has been published with 8 international authors in Psychological Reports.

Bandy, C, Dillbeck, M., Sezibera, V., Taljaard, L., de Reuck, J., Wilks, M., Shapiro, D., Peycke, R. (Psychological Reports. on-line: February, 2019) Reduction of PTSD in South African University Students Using Transcendental Meditation Practice. DOI: 10.1177/0033294119828036 link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0033294119828036

The summary may be found here: https://mailchi.mp/563e35b8e9fd/new-study-in-psychological-reportsreduction-of-ptsd-in-south-african-university-students-using-transcendental-meditation-practice-892273

So far, within 2 days, the following articles have been published commenting on this new study:

  1. EurekAlert!! Feb 19, 2019 Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/muom-nss021319.php
  2. Earth.com News Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help relieve PTSD symptoms. Link: https://www.earth.com/news/transcendental-meditation-ptsd-symptoms/
  3. ZME Science. Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation reduces PTSD in South African students. Link: https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/meditation-ptsd-4-023432/
  4. MD India. Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Technique Can Reduce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms. Link: https://www.medindia.net/news/transcendental-meditation-technique-can-reduce-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-185989-1.htm
  5. Flipboard. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students Link: https://flipboard.com/topic/spirituality
  6. 7thSpace. Feb 19, 2019. TitleNew study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students: Link: http://7thspace.com/headlines/741812/new_study_shows_transcendental_meditation_reduces_ptsd_in_south_african_college_students.html
  7. Brightsurf.com. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.brightsurf.com/news/article/021919476499/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students.html
  8. Counsel and Heal. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.counselheal.com/articles/39982/20190219/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-south-african-college.htm
  9. Medical News Today. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD L ink: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324501.php
  10. Medworm.com Feb 20, 2019. Title: New Study show Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African College Students. Link: https://medworm.com/671588674/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/
  11. Mental Daily. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation may be an effective treatment for PTSD. Link: http://www.mentaldaily.com/article/2019/02/transcendental-meditation-may-be-an-effective-treatment-for-ptsd/
  12. Healthy News: Chochiling stream group. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD. Link: https://chochilino.com/health-wellness/2019/02/20/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  13. News on Medical. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD. Link: http://newsonmedical.com/mental-health/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  14. Medical News. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Help Treat PTSD. Link: https://www.allmedicalnews.com/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  15. My Healthy XYZ. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Help Treat PTSD. Link: https://myhealthxyz.com/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  16. Health Problems News. Feb 20. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: http://healthproblemsnews.com/health-problems/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/
  17. UC News. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD Link: http://www.ucnews.in/news/Transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-PTSD/1663871186003638.html
  18. Norwich Newsroom. Title: An Esteemed Mind Explores Mysteries of the Brain, Trauma, and Well-being Link: http://www.norwich.edu/news/news-feed/323-prof-carole-bandy-explores-mysteries-of-the-human-brain-trauma-and-well-being\
  19. Psych Central. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Ease PTSD Symptoms in College Students Link: https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/02/21/transcendental-meditation-can-ease-ptsd-symptoms-in-college-students/143048.html
  20. Science Magazine. Feb 20. Title: New Study Shows Transcendental Meditation Reduces PTSD In South African College Students Link: https://scienmag.com/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/

The study shows that both PTSD and depression fell below the non-symptomatic level for a group of students pracaticing TM, within 105 days of practice and the group became non-symptomatic for depression within 15 days of learning TM.

For contacting the researchers to help with future studies or to work on implementing projects in schools in at-risk communities, contact David Shapiro, davidshapiro@aptsdr.org


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Top Journal Publishes New Study Showing Reduced PTSD

Media around the world reported on a study published by Lancet Psychiatry, a top journal, that found that the Transcendental Meditation technique significantly reduced post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans compared to the standard treatment.

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After three months of practice, 61% of the 68 subjects in the Transcendental Meditation group had a clinically significant reduction in symptoms compared to 42% in the group that used the standard treatment. In a second control group, which received health education, 32% of the subjects showed a clinically significant reduction.

In addition, the participants in the Transcendental Meditation group were more likely to participate in the treatment sessions than those in the standard treatment group.

Standard treatment, referred to as “prolonged exposure,” entails veterans re-experiencing their trauma through remembering and engaging with situations that remind them of the trauma in order to eventually diminish their stress response. Some 30–45% of veterans typically withdraw from the treatment because it’s so unpleasant.

“New treatments, including options not involving exposure to the traumatic experience, are needed for veterans who do not respond to treatment or drop out due to discomfort,” said MUM researcher Sandy Nidich, first author of the study.

Other MUM coauthors included Maxwell Rainforth, Robert Schneider, John Salerno, and Carolyn Gaylord-King.

Source: The Review, Vol. 34, #6, November 28, 2018
Copyright 2018, Maharishi University of Management

More info at “The Lancet Psychiatry”:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(18)30384-5/fulltext

Maharishi University of Management Research Institute:
https://research.mum.edu/center-for-management-research/

French article: https://www.forbes.fr/management/le-fonds-david-lynch-sattaque-au-syndrome-de-stress-post-traumatique-en-france

Article in German: https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/99224/Meditation-unterstuetzt-Traumatherapie


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New study showing the effectiveness of TM for reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress

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Bob Roth, DLF, wrote: “This new study showing the effectiveness of TM for reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress among post-9/11 veterans, which was published yesterday in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry, will help to open doors for many, many thousands of veterans to learn TM. Lives will be transformed, even saved. Thank you for your kindness and support!”

See: https://apnews.com/759bf5a933db41c6bb2be1263aec6165

Source: Bob Roth, Chief Executive Officer
David Lynch Foundation

https://tinyurl.com/ybdtbecy

 


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The Transcendental Meditation Program’s Impact on the Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder of Veterans: An Uncontrolled Pilot Study

Robert E Herron, Ph.D., MBA Brian Rees, M.D., MPH, MC, USAR (Ret.)

Military Medicine
Published: 29 December 2017

pdf can be downloaded here: https://academic.oup.com/milmed/advance-article-pdf/doi/10.1093/milmed/usx059/23164560/usx059.pdf


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“Prevention is the only way to stop crime and terrorism”

Study: Reduced Violent Crime in Washington DC

Study: Reduced Violent Crime in Washington DC

“Prevention is the only way to stop crime and terrorism. You kill one culprit today, and there’ll be two more the next day. Governments have tried to stop crime through punishment throughout the ages, but crime continued in the past—as it will continue in the future if punishment remains.

Crime can only be stopped through a preventive approach in the schools. You teach the students Transcendental Meditation, and right away they’ll begin using their full brain physiology—their thinking will be sensible and they will not get sidetracked into wrong things.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (2002)

“Repeatedly we said — prevention, prevention, prevention is the answer. And who will prevent? Governments can prevent. How can they prevent? They can prevent through — education! Consciousness-based education! Tell your president [that] education of the most fundamental finding of modern science is the answer. Somebody should tell him. […] It is education of total Natural Law at the basis of all life.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Press Conf., Sept. 28, 2001)

www.permanentpeace.org

Source: https://www.facebook.com/VedaandScience/


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MUM – The Review, Vol. 31, #4, October 28, 2015

Headlines:

MD MS in Integrative Medicine Program Launches in Curaçao
Bali Delegation Includes Minister of Education
Do It Yourself in New Campus “MakerSpace”
Tree Campaign Includes 39 Newly Planted Fruit Trees
MUM Receives Recognition for Diversity
New Translation of Upanishads Available
New Study Shows Improvement in Allergies

Please visit: https://www.mum.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/10-28-15%20Review%20for%20posting.pdf


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TM for prevention of drug abuse and in the treatment of drug-addicted persons – Abstract

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

I am doing research for a new post about TM and groups in Latin America and just found this interesting piece of research:

The use of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the prevention of drug abuse and in the treatment of drug-addicted persons

Authors:

G. CLEMENTS Vice- Chancellor and Professor of Physics, Maharishi University of Natural Law, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

L. KRENNER Austrian Medical Association-TM, Vienna, Austria

W. MÖLK Austrian Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, Vienna, Austria

ABSTRACT The effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the prevention and reduction of drug abuse has been documented in many studies in the last 18 years. The programme is not a rehabilitation programme per se but is a means for self-development. Thus, the resulting decrease in psychological problems and drug abuse is an automatic or secondary consequence of the practice of the meditation technique. Since TM strengthens the individual and produces an overall and stable state of well-being, it naturally removes the need and craving for drugs.

Read more here.