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Transcendental Meditation for PTSD Veterans

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Veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars showed a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after just eight weeks of practicing the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique, according to Military Medicine.

Help Veterans overcome the nightmare of Post-Traumatic Stress

Eighteen veterans will commit suicide every day—a horrific consequence of post-traumatic stress (PTS). In fact, more veterans die by suicide every year than are killed annually in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over 500,000 U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 suffer from PTS

40% of all homeless people are veterans
Health care costs for all veterans with PTS are an estimated $6.2 billion biannually

Transcendental Meditation is a scientifically proven approach, which can be easily learned and practiced in private, to help veterans overcome the trauma of PTS, while simultaneously promoting resiliency and improved performance in civilian life. Thousands of veterans have learned Transcendental Meditation and research on meditating vets has shown that the technique not only reduces the psychosocial symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, but also balances serotonin and norepinephrine, and regulates the sympathetic nervous system.

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily learned technique, practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The technique produces a profound state of rest and relaxation as deep as deep sleep, while enlivening the full brain. This experience of restful alertness is at the basis of the marked reductions in symptoms of PTS and the overall improvement in the quality of life of the veteran.

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