The David Lynch Foundation conducts research and studies on the results of our Resilient Warrior program – an initiative to bring the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to veterans, active-duty military personnel and military families. Our findings include:

  • 51% reduction in trauma symptoms
  • 42% reduction in depression
  • Before learning TM, 65% of veterans in a randomized control study had PCL scores consistent with a provisional PTSD diagnosis. Of those who completed the 1-month post-test, approximately 70% were no longer in that range.
  • Before learning TM, 88% of veterans in a randomized control study has CES_D scores that put them at risk of clinical depression. Of those who completed the 1-month post-test, approximately 40% no longer scored at risk.
  • 52% of veterans experience reduced irritable behavior, angry outbursts, and acting aggressively
  • 50% of veterans experienced a decrease in feeling distant or cut off from other people
  • 95% of meditating veterans reported less stress
  • 86% of meditating veterans report less anger
  • 85% of veterans feel more in control of their lives since starting meditation
  • 89% of meditating veterans report improved relationships with family and friends
  • 79% of meditating veterans reported improved sleep

Over 350 studies have been published on the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation on mental and physical health. Additional findings on the benefits of TM for veterans include:

  • 40-55% reduction in symptoms of PTSD and depression (Military Medicine 176 (6): 626-630, 2011)
  • 42% decrease in insomnia (Journal of Counseling and Development 64: 212-215, 1985)
  • 25% reduction in plasma and cortisol levels (Hormones and Behavior 10: 54-60, 1978)
  • Decreased high blood pressure – on par with first-line antihypertensives (American Journal of Hypertension 21: 310-316, 2008)
  • 47% reduced risk of cardiovascular-related mortality (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 5: 750-758, 2012)
  • 30% improvement in satisfaction with quality of life (Military Medicine 176 (6): 626-630, 2011)