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How Effective Transcendental Meditation is In Treating PTSD

Meditation has been used for thousands of years as a way to calm your mind, center your energy, and concentrate your actions. Classical psychology today is on board with the fact that meditation is doing wonders for mental health. But, what about mental conditions and disorders, the not-so-easily-controlled mental problems like PTSD?

Today, we will go through the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in treating PTSD.

What is PTSD?

People suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD experience recurring flashbacks, nightmares, impulsive thoughts, high-stress symptoms, dizziness, panic attacks, and much more. Furthermore, they might suffer from depression, substance abuse, or hypertension as a way of coping with the experience that is too hard to bear. They are re-living some traumatic experience, and their bodies act and feel like they are in that situation, over and over again.

Traditional psychotherapy has provided a few helpful treatments, but in the past few years, a lot of experimental treatments are on the rise. One, of course, is Transcendental Meditation.

What is Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation is fairly new compared to some other techniques. It was presented to the Western World by its maker, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in the 1960s. The technique is simple and easy to follow. It consists of a silently repeated mantra (sacred sound, word, or group of words) for 15-20 minutes daily, or twice a day. A certified Transcendental Meditation Teacher will work with one person at a time, explaining more in-depth information, types of mantras, tips, or expected results.

It is considered one of the most effortless meditation techniques because it allows the practitioner to repeat the mantra consciously. Whenever his/her mind drifts, it is to come back to the mantra consciously.

The Researches and the Results

There are quite a few researches done since the 1960s when Transcendental Meditation became popular. Even though a few researchers argue that you can’t scientifically prove aspects of the practice, researches have shown quite a few benefits. It reduces negative emotions, anxiety, neuroticism (personality trait of emotional instability and explosiveness) while improving memory and learning.

Recent research showed that with the practice of TM, veterans who have PTSD, after twelve weeks of meditating twice a day, showed a reduction of traumatic and anxiety symptoms, sleep problems, and depression.

Why is it helping?

The practitioner sits in a comfortable position with closed eyes and repeats the mantra. With that, his/her mind reaches stillness, calmness, full awareness, concentration, and overall spiritual connection. For people with PTSD, intrusive and unwanted thoughts pop up and reoccur, no matter how hard they try to avoid them. With this Meditation technique, their mind is focused on one thing alone – the mantra. With that, their brain is concentrated and doesn’t drift back to its primal instinct of repeating the fear, anxiety, and traumatic experience.

Final Words

When you’re looking to become better and happier, you ought to try everything, right? Every person is different, and there isn’t a single, universal way to become a better version of you. But remember, Transcendental Meditation can be practiced to reduce PTSD symptoms, but it shouldn’t be done as a substitute for traditional therapy.

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