Did that get your attention?
I have been seeing clients who have this diagnosis for about 25 years.
The last 20 years has seen huge progress in the treatment of PTSD.
We know beyond a shadow of doubt that it is curable. 100% curable.
PTSD impacts the body on the following 5 levels of awareness
- Mentally – You may have repetitive thoughts, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, you feel foggy
- Physically – you may have had physical injuries to your body or you may have chronic muscle tension, digestive problems, fertility issues, increased sensitivity to light and sound, sleep and eating changes and problems.
- Emotionally – you have emotions about what happened to you and you may get stuck in fight (anger), flight (fear), or feel Frozen (numb)
- Spiritually – the connection to your self and others and the bigger word around you is impaired; people don’t understand that you are struggling because “you look ok”.
- Energetically – you may have too much energy which we call anxiety. You may be told you have manic episodes or ADD or ADHD now or you might feel drained of energy which we call depression. If you go back and forth between too much energy and too little energy you may be told you have Bi-Polar illness or Borderline Personality Disorder
I often get calls from people who have been told they will have to learn to live with PTSD, anxiety and depression.
This may have been the case last century.
This is now inaccurate.
We now have several psychotherapy treatments which have been available for at least the last 20 years and many in the last 10 or 5 years which are demonstrating that we are no longer in the dark ages of treating stress and trauma induced illnesses. It is completely resolvable. COMPLETELY !
Here are 5 treatments – you may have to have them ALL to recover completely from PTSD
[The first 3 are types of psychotherapy]
- Brainspotting – BSP is a way your BSP trained therapist can use your mind, brain and body’s own unique ability to use your eyes to pinpoint areas of your brain where trauma “capsules” are frozen and then your brain can dissolve them. Really gentle and fascinating. See more on www.brainspottingaustraliapacific.com.au
- Somatic Experiencing – a body oriented therapy that really helps support the body to complete incompleted survival responses. This is absolutely necessary for full recovery. Cognitive Behavioural processes are not enough. The body absorbs the impact of the traumatic event and the body must release the energy trapped in it to reboot itself. www.seaustralia.com.au
- EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing has been around for almost 30 years, Evidenced based therapy proven to treat and resolve PTSD, and other anxiety, and depression related disorders. www.emdria.com
- Orthomolecular Medicine or Functional Medicine assessments and supplementation. PTSD and related illnesses rob the body of vital nutrients. These need to be identified and balanced for full recovery. Some tests include checking levels of cortisol because adrenal glands get depleted and lead to chronic fatigue, B, and C vitamins, thyroid levels, etc.
Naturopaths who specialise in saliva hormone testing are the ones to contact.
Sadly, Doctors who are medically trained in endocrinology, are not as likely to understand how to rebalance the body’s hormones after trauma as naturopaths are.
- Meditation – slowing down and just breathing and being aware of your surroundings is a good way to start. If you feel you can do more, you can buy guided mediations, or learn some sort of specific meditative practice. Gardening can be meditative and so can bush walking.
- Movement – Just move your body, walk, swim, stretch, do yoga, garden, dance. Anything really that moves oxygen and blood around your body will help you to move back into your full aliveness
WRITTEN BY cmd-admin-313 | 13 09 2016