In investigating ways to treat post-traumatic stress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is studying the use of transcendental meditation (TM) to help returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The VA’s $5.9 billion system for mental-health care is under sharp criticism, especially after the release of an inspector general’s report last month that found that the VA has stretched the truth in how quickly it treats veterans seeking mental health services.
VA has a “huge investment” in mental health care but is seeking alternative ways outside of conventional psychiatric treatment, said W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of the VA.
“Conventional approaches fall woefully short of the mark, so we clearly need a new approach,” said Norman Rosenthal, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University’s medical school.
Rosenthal told the gathering that TM, a meditative practice that advocates say helps manage stress and depression, is “possibly even a game-changer” in how to treat PTSD.
Do you think that TM and other alternative treatments should be investigated in helping those with PTSD?