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Healing the Wounds of PTSD Through Meditation

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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2010

For more information on the David Lynch Foundation's programs visit http://dlfprojects.org

DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION'S OPERATION WARRIOR WELLNESS

Overcoming PTSD and Promoting Mental Resilience through Transcendental Meditation

THE PROBLEM: Thirty-five percent of U.S. soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 are said to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to researchers, people with PTSD exhibit over-arousal of the sympathetic nervous system (exaggerated fight or flight response). Symptoms include anxiety, hyper-vigilance, startle response, nightmares or flashbacks, insomnia, anger and withdrawal. The Veterans Administration says nearly half of all veterans with PTSD have never sought help; of those who do, half receive inadequate treatment. Everyday in the U.S., 18 veterans commit suicide.

OPERATION WARRIOR WELLNESS: The David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c))(3), established "Operation Warrior Wellness" to teach the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to 10,000 veterans with PTSD and their families. Research found veterans suffering from PTSD who practiced TM showed significant reductions in depression, anxiety and family problems after four months, in contrast to veterans randomly assigned psychotherapy. Research also shows the TM technique also directly affects the neurobiological aspects of PTSD, resulting in more balanced serotonin and norepinephrine, regulation of the sympathetic nervous system, and more coherent, integrated brain function."

ABOUT THE DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION: The David Lynch Foundation was established in 2005 by award-winning filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks, The Elephant Man, Mulholland Drive) to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities, such as Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations suffering from traumatic stress and stress-related disorders, which include veterans with PTSD, inner-city students, American Indians suffering from diabetes and high suicide rates; homeless men and children; and incarcerated juveniles and adults. For more information on the David Lynch Foundation's programs visit http://dlfprojects.org.

For more information on how to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, please visit http://www.tm.org?leadsource=CRM1262

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