SOURCE: Jon Mejia

November 09, 2007 16:41 ET

Staunching Veterans' Unseen Wound -- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Researcher Jon Mejia Offers Solutions

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2007) - With Veterans Day coming up on November 12, we are asked to honor and thank our military men and women for their contribution, but is there more that we must do to help them?

In 2004 a New England Journal of Medicine study reported that between 15 to 17 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq are at risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 25 percent of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans received diagnoses for PTSD or other mental-health problems, and the number of veterans seeking treatment for PTSD jumped 70% in the 12 months ending June 30. The Veterans Administration (VA) acknowledges almost 50,000 PTSD cases, far more than the 30,000 military personnel formally classified as wounded by the Pentagon.

"The situation clearly is critical and requires immediate innovative approaches," says Jon Mejia, co-founder of The Simone Zone (www.simonezone.com) a researcher on the dramatic convergence now occurring between mind/body studies, quantum research and psychology.

Mental health is the second-largest area of illness for which U.S. veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan seek treatment at VA hospitals and clinics. It follows orthopedic problems and, according to the VA, is increasing at a faster rate. This at a time when the VA has frequently run out of money to care for veterans.

Mejia believes that the application of energy psychology, a fusion of quantum theory and ancient techniques related to Chinese meridian pathways, is worth considering in the battle against the devastating effects of PTSD. He asks, "If, as I believe, energy psychology is to the mind what a Kevlar vest is to the body, can we afford not to investigate it further?"

While acknowledging this non-traditional approach should be used only as an adjunct to mental health approaches presently in use Mejia predicts, "As quantum mechanics forever changed the face of physics, increasing interest in low-cost, non-invasive and self-administered approaches such as energy psychology will soon shift to the forefront in dealing with the effect our emotions have on the mind."

Despite the fact that energy psychology remains controversial, seeking novel approaches to difficult situations is not new; after all, it took radical quantum discoveries to bring an end to WWII.

"Considering the magnitude of the mental health problem America faces, perhaps it's time the odd findings of Einstein, Planck and other pioneers of quantum mechanics be explored and employed in this second, silent inner war that her veterans now find themselves waging," says Mejia.

For more information on energy psychology, visit www.simonezone.com, a web site that provides simple exercises the user can do to help relieve stress, improve mental focus and feel better overall.

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