Paris: Transgender meditation – the practice of unemployment thinking – can be as effective in treating PTSD in conflicts veterans as a traditional therapy, said US researchers on Friday, in perceptions that could help tens of thousands to deal with trauma.
Post-traumatic stress disorders, a spring condition that can lead to psychosis, bipolar disorder or suicidal thoughts and slaughter can affect around 14 percent of US veterans serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The most common treatment for PTSD is a process known as long exposure psychotherapy, which forces victims to re-test traumatic events by opposing their conflicts of conflicts.
Researchers from the three US universities decided to consider if there were more everyday techniques, which would help civilians reduce their stress levels and increase their focus and productivity, work on traumatic veterans.
They piloted 203 veterans and women with PTSD, most of them receiving medication for their symptoms, and appointing transsexual meditation courses, long exposure therapy or specialist PTSD health education class.
They found that 60 per cent of veterans who made 20 minutes of silent reflection daily show a significant improvement in their symptoms, and the study completed more than those given in exposure therapy.
"Over the last 50 years, PTSD has expanded into a significant public health problem," said Sanford Nidich, University of Maharishi Management Institute, at AFP.
"Due to the growing need to tackle the PTSD public healthcare problem in the United States, the UK and around the world, it is incentive to implement government policy to include alternative therapies such as transgender meditation such as option for treating veterans with PTSD. "
Transgender meditation involves thinking of an idea or a mantra smoothly to produce a stiff, deceitful mind – scientists call it "restlessness".
Unlike exposure therapy, home reflection can be taken, it takes very little time, and researchers say it would be much cheaper than current treatment techniques.
It also avoids forced veterans to relocate their trauma in an attempt to improve.
"Transgender meditation is self-empowering, and practically practiced anywhere at any time, without the need for specialist equipment or persistent personal support," said Nidich, who was the leading author of the study published in The Lancet magazine Psychiatry.
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The main problem with the existing PTSD treatment, according to Nidich, is that forced veterans to relocate their trauma means that they will never finish the courses.
Exposure therapy, although officially approved as a treaty by the US Veterans Association, is ineffective in up to 50 per cent of patients and discharge rates range from 30-45 per cent. can not
"New treatments, including options that do not include exposure to traumatic experience, are needed for veterans who do not respond to treatment or discharge due to discomfort," said Neich.
One of the study participants, a 32-year-old veteran said the only authors as Ms K said that the learning of the meditation technique had "put my life back to me."
Having been diagnosed as having suffered sexual trauma while on the military service, exacerbated her symptoms until she consumed too much every night and tried to avoid human interaction.
After the transsexual meditation course, "I started to come out of my nightmares and face the battle I was going ahead," he said.
He added that she had since applied for a post in a hospital.
Researchers said further studies were needed to see if reflection could be long-term support for PTSD victims.