Taking up meditation may boost the wellbeing of people with post-traumatic stress disorder, a recent study suggests. Published in the journal Military Medicine, the study found that transcendental meditation relieved stress and depression among a small group of veterans who had served in Iraq, Afghanistan, or both for up to two years involving moderate or heavy moderate combat.
For eight weeks, participants practiced transcendental meditation (a type of meditation that involves repeating a mantra). By the study’s end, the veterans showed a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, the study members experienced significant improvements in their relationships and overall quality of life.
Other types of meditation may also offer psychological benefits. For instance, past research shows that mindfulness meditation (a meditation form that involves focusing your mind on the present moment) may help alleviate depression and anxiety.