PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Here is a natural self-help tool
It is not only soldiers on the battlefield that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but people in any walk of life, whether victims of accidents, rape, violence or occupational trauma.
Here is a proven tool that anyone can use for themselves - easily - to help gain relief from this condition, on a day-to-day basis.
Relief from PTSD
Transcendental Meditation provides a special quality of rest - for mind as well as body - that helps naturally reverse the impact of traumatic stress, and reduce the symptoms - such as flashbacks, emotional numbing, inability to enjoy things, insomnia, and self-medicating with alcohol or drugs.
Research shows that PTSD sufferers often experience significant reductions in symptoms within just a few weeks of regular twice daily practice of TM. It also shows how the brain state brought about through TM helps restore the brain's emotional responses to normal.
What people say ...
"Over the 14 months that I've been using TM, I've come off my anti-depressant medication, my mood has been extremely positive, calm, confident, my relationships have rapidly improved. In a nutshell, life has just got better and better. From the very beginning, it was like a load had been lifted from my mind, with something so simple."
- Leighton Stagg, British army veteran and former PTSD sufferer.
"I was diagnosed as having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following the death of my son and disfigurement of my daughter in a car accident in 1987. This condition includes many extremely unpleasant psychological and physical complaints. I learned TM in 1990 and although I saw improvements then, my life was chaotic and I gave it up. I have spent thousands of pounds on therapy over the years but to no avail.
I returned to TM 3 weeks ago. Already I can see marked improvements. I am sleeping better, my anxiety levels, which have been horrendous for 15 years, have gone right down, my chronic headaches are disappearing, I have stopped feeling sick, I am feeling more positive and optimistic about life.
I even notice that when I have a disagreement with my daughter, now 23, I am much calmer! I have been taking prescribed medication for 15 years and the doctors have said that I will never be able to give it up. With TM, I am going to prove them wrong. Watch this space."
- Cynthia, 44, UK
2011 study on Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans
After 8 weeks practice of TM, veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars with PTSD displayed a 50% reduction in symptoms of PTSD including decreased stress and depression. A more recent study of Congolese refugees found striking reductions of PTSD within 10 days of learning TM, with further reductions after 30 days. Details
Prevention is better than cure. For those involved in occupations with a high risk of Post Traumatic Stress - such as the Armed Forces or the police - Transcendental Meditation is a valuable tool to develop the inner calmness and strength which brings resilience in highly challenging circumstances, as well as an effective tool to remove post traumatic stress on a daily basis.
Some officer training courses in the US army now incorporate Transcendental Meditation, and it is a standard part of police and army education in other parts of the world.