Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Transcendental Meditation

Relieving physiological stress is often more effective than discussing the traumatic events when treating PTSD, says psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek. "It turns out that people headed for a diagnosis of post traumatic stress can't just "talk about it"- the trauma isn't even stored in the parts of the brain where language can access it. Instead it's been cached as frozen, primitive, pre-language experience - sensation, perception, emotion, images and motor reactivity - in the survival-based structures of the brain."

The Transcendental Meditation technique is a successful technique for releasing deep rooted stress and improving brain functioning. The Journal of Counseling and Development published a study on veterans suffering from PTSD showing that after three months of practicing the technique, symptoms of anxiety, depression, family problems and alcohol usage decreased significantly. The deep coherent rest gained during meditation helps heal the physiological seat of emotional stress and renews communication in the brain that was frozen due to trauma.

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