47% reduction in symptoms of trauma in prison population
October, 2016 Sanford Nidich, EdD; Tom O’Connor, PhD; Thomas Rutledge, PhD; Jeff Duncan; Blaze Compton, MA; Angela Seng; Randi Nidich, EdD published a peer reviewed article in The Permanente Journal demonstrating that compared with the control group, men who practiced transcendental meditation for 4 months experienced a 47 percent reduction in trauma symptoms - including anxiety, depression, and sleep problems - as well as a reduction in perceived stress.
"I would just lose my temper and go off."
“I would just lose my temper and would just go off. But now (after learning Transcendental Meditation) I can sit back, breathe a couple of seconds, take time out and be patient with them. Then everything seems to go the way I want it to.” Laderius Tidenworth, Inmate, Oregan State Correction Institution.
Female Prisoners with PTSD become non-symptomatic in 4 months
Sanford Nidich, EdD; Angela Seng; Blaze Compton, MA;
Tom O’Connor, PhD; John W Salerno, PhD; Randi Nidich, EdD have an article titled: "Transcendental Meditation and Reduced Trauma Symptoms in Female Inmates: A Randomized Controlled Study" accepted in the peer reviewed Permanente Journal ( in press).
The study shows that the female prisoners with PTSD who practiced Transcendental Meditation had a signicant drop in PTSD symptoms, compared with non-TM controls. This newly published study is with women inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.
The subjects in the study were encouraged to practice Transcendental Meditation individually in their prison cells twice daily and encouraged to attend 30-40 minute group meditation sessions, supervised by a Transcendental Meditation teacher, twice a week over the four-month study period.
The subjects in the control group continued with their usual daily schedule and were given the option to learn the Transcendental Meditation program at the end of the study.
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