Ask the Doctors, Specialists answer your questions about the Transcendental Meditation program and health
James Krag, M.D.

James Krag, M.D., is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, and former president of the Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists for four years. He is currently Medical Director of Liberty Point, a residential treatment program for adolescents with psychiatric problems.

Jim Brooks, M.D.

Jim Brooks M.D. is a physician specializing in Psychiatry. Dr. Brooks graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, and completed his psychiatric residency program at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He currently serves on the staff of several mental health centers in southeast Iowa, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Fairfield, Iowa. In addition, Dr. Brooks has a special interest in complementary and alternative forms of prevention-based health care. He has been an accomplished Maharishi Ayurveda Health Practitioner for the past 30 years, and practices Classical Five Element Acupuncture. Dr. Brooks is the author of Ayurvedic Secrets to Longevity and Total Health, Prentice Hall, 1996 and has published a research study on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Journal of Counseling and Development, 1985).

Here Drs. Krag and Brooks
answer questions on anxiety.

Q: I get nervous in certain situations, like when I have to give a presentation at work. Is the Transcendental Meditation technique something that could help me cope? 

Q: I’m constantly under pressure at home and on the job, and my friends say I’m stressed. Could the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique help me? 

Q: I’m so anxious, what if I can’t sit still enough to meditate? 

Q: Won’t forcing myself to sit still and meditate just make me more anxious? 

Q: I’m so busy, even if I learned Transcendental Meditation, I’m afraid I’d never do it. 

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