Therapy

PTSD 4: Treatment That Works

We’ve covered how the brain gets stuck in trauma mode, how physical movement can help, and that there are more women and children with PTSD than veterans. Now let’s talk about some available treatments with demonstrated results.

One technique is called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It turns out that amazing things happen inside our brains when our eyes move back and forth. Consider for example how the best phase of sleep that rejuvenates your body is known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement). EMDR treatment for PTSD can have a similar result of rejuvenating your mind by interrupting that fight or flight signal that the trauma has triggered.

Other great therapies are out there as well. Peter Levine has pioneered Somatic Experiencing, and below is a video of this helping a Marine named Ray. Then there’s the incredible story of a Vietnam veteran using horses to help people reclaim their lives from PTSD.

If you’ve ever experienced trauma, whether from abuse, disaster, or combat, take action and get help. There are many options available so find one that fits for you. Like Teddy Roosevelt said, “The worst thing you can do is nothing.” 

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PTSD 3: Not Just For Vets

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When we hear the term PTSD a picture of combat veterans probably comes to mind. But veterans are certainly not the only ones dealing with PTSD. Surviving a horrific automobile accident, house fire, or natural disaster that takes the life of a loved one who was talking to you just moments before the event is absolutely traumatic.

Now consider this:

Approximately 700,000 children are abused each year in America [1]. It’s hard to imagine anything much more traumatic than being harmed physically or sexually by the very people who are supposed to care for you.

To put that number in perspective, during the surge of 2010, the most of any year, America had 100,000 troops in Afghanistan [2].

Then consider that approximately 17% of all women have been the victim of a completed or attempted rape at some time during their life [3]. That’s over 21 million women in America who have experienced trauma.

And these women and children didn’t volunteer for combat. They were trapped in it.

No one group has exclusive rights to PTSD. The wounded are around us every day. So…“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” [4]

 

 

[1] https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/child-maltreatment

[2] https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2016/07/06/a-timeline-of-u-s-troop-levels-in-afghanistan-since-2001/

[3] https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/183781.pdf  (In the USA alone)

[4] Anonymous