Gaining a better understanding of those living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
I assume that you already know that PTSD is an emotionally driven disorder. The memories of past events affecting your beliefs, affecting your choices on how you live your life now. Everyone I talk to who has PTSD seems to agree that, if those memories weren’t there, their life would be different.The reality is that it is not the memories that are causing the problems. It's the negative emotions attached to these memories that make you re-experience these events. It's these negative emotions that trigger the physical responses in your body. It’s these negative emotions that affect your choices.If you remove these negative emotions attached to the memories, then they no longer have power over you. You regain having your choices without having these memories controlling your choices. Getting rid of these trapped negative emotions is done without drugs. It’s done without having to be re-traumatized by these past events. I do this all the time for people, so yes it can be done and is done.Be well,Larrylarry@newhope-health.cawww.newhope-health.ca “you can’t change history, but you can change the future!”
Larry, I find this so over simplified, do you have PTSD? Do you work in the mental health field? PTSD is a very complicated ordeal and each case is individual.
Do you have PTSD?
I do have severe PTSD. Please read the information under the "My Story" tab, at the top of the page, for a little more information about me.
Thank you for this site and the information you are sharing with people from across the globe. It is hard being a loved one of someone suffering with PTSD as they themselves can be very reluctant to talk about their feelings so it is good to come across a site like this that gives a personal account of living with PTSD and explaining what that really means. I'm sorry for what you have, and still are experiencing but thank you for putting it to a purposeful use for others, and I hope you gain some kind of positive and therapeutical help through doing it.
Thank you for you blogs. I too have ptsd since childhood and have gone several years without being open to loved ones about it. recently I've been looking for places online that I could share with them because I can't explain easily and tired of feeling like I have to keep it a secret in fear of judgements.
RE PTSD as an emotionally driven disorderPTSD may be negative emotions attached to memories however there are those like me who have few memories and only emotions. I have no memory of childhood save a few glimpses here and there. The method of changing the emotion attached to the memory does not work for those of us disconnected from our memories. I worry that the focus on memory and emotion is a roundabout way of blaming the person who is ill. I understand there have been great strides made re memory retrieval and refiling the memory and emotion. Also great stuff happening with neuro-plasticity however it is like all psychiatric drugs and methods not a cure all for everyone. Each person with PTSD is unique in their experience. I live with PTSD and have taken every med and gone through every treatment over the past 25 years. I remember the first psychiatrist I saw was filled with joy at the arrival of a new drug, Prozac, that would make me better. I think what helps the most for those of us living with the impacts of childhood trauma is having support and understanding while trying to learn to live with a disorder that psychiatry does not fully understand.Thanks for this site.
25 years ago, I experienced an incident that resulted in PTSD. Over the years of healing, I became heathy and strong to the point where I made a significant career change to become a Certified Trauma Touch Therapist. It is a body-based therapy that has been effective for many people. A good article that I will share is this: http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/542/Trauma-Touch-Therapy-I hope this is helpful, as your site is a great resource.