Meditation an effective therapy in post trauma stress in elderly : Lancet
Current evidence-based treatments for PTSD include cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, medication and trauma-based psychotherapy, or a combination. The findings might offer a new non-trauma focused treatment for veterans that may be a helpful addition to other available treatments such as medication, although longer-term follow up, and larger, multi-site trials are needed to confirm these findings.
“PTSD is a serious and disabling condition, affecting an estimated 14% of US veterans deployed in or returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq,” says Dr Sanford Nidich, Maharishi University of Management Research Institute, USA. “PTSD harms veterans’ mental, physical, and financial well-being, and there is also growing evidence of links between PTSD and cardiovascular health, occupational functioning, metabolic function, and possibly even dementia risk. Our findings indicate the feasibility and efficacy of transcendental meditation as a potential therapy for veterans with PTSD and encourage future research to explore the durability of the benefits and applications to other populations with PTSD.”
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