Transcendental Meditation – new research on TM and mental health
World-renowned psychiatrist and scientist Dr Norman Rosenthal gave two special presentations last week of his latest pioneering research on Transcendental Meditation in London. These studies relate to two conditions very much in the public awareness at this time: bipolar disorder and combat related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr Rosenthal is best known for pioneering the use of light therapy in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or “winter blues”, which condition he first described during his career as an award-winning researcher at the National Institutes of Mental Health in the USA.
He is now, based on his promising new research, suggesting the use of another entirely natural remedy – Transcendental Meditation – for the prevention and treatment of bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mood disturbances and intractable psychological conditions.
In his new book, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation Dr Rosenthal presents fascinating stories, high-calibre research and his own clinical experience, relating to cardiac health, anxiety and depression, and drug and alcohol abuse. Chapters also deal with helping children in inner-city schools, and rehabilitating prisoners and the homeless. Drawing on interviews with celebrities such as Paul McCarthy, Ringo Starr and Russell Brand – all of whom have practised Transcendental Meditation – he emphasises that the technique can also help highly successful people to live fuller and richer lives.
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