Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD – The Coming Epidemic That Modern Medicine Appears to be Unprepared For

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after exposure to a frightening or terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm took place or was threatened. It occurs in people of any age, including children and adolescents. Family members of victims can develop the conditions as well. Depression, other anxiety disorders, and alcohol or drug abuse often accompany PTSD.

Definitions of PTSD vary, but most are based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, better known as DSM-IV, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

An official diagnosis of PTSD usually requires that at least one or more symptoms from each of the following categories be present for at least a month and that symptoms interfere with the patient leading a normal life.

  • The person relives the event through nightmares or flashbacks, or the person has very strong mental and physical reactions when reminded of the event.
  • The person avoids activities, thoughts, feelings, and conversations that remind him or her of the traumatic event or events, is unable to remember details about the event, or feels emotionally numb and detached from the present moment.
  • The person loses interest in important activities, feels alone, is unable to experience normal emotions, or feels there is nothing to look forward to.
  • The person can never relax, has trouble sleeping, feels irritable, overreacts when startled, can’t concentrate, feels angry, and tries to be on guard at all times.

However, the definition of PTSD continues to evolve, and I think it’s safe to say that anyone whose thoughts or behavior have been affected by a difficult event or situations is a likely candidate. It seems there is no dividing line between PTSD and trauma. Whether or not someone has been labeled with an official diagnosis or PTSD, the technique described here can help.

If you suffer from PTSD, or if you are helping someone who is, please consult a qualified health practitioner regarding your use of Energy Medicine and/or the Emotional Freedom Technique.

Several parts of the brain are thought to be involved with Depression and PTSD:

  1. The amygdala, which controls the fear response, the fight/flight response, and is the core trigger for the stress hormone cortisol.)
  2. The hippocampus which controls long-term memory and spatial navigation. Excess cortisol shrinks the hippocampus and impairs its ability to store and recall emotional content.
  3. The frontal lobes play an important part in retaining longer term memories which are not task-based. These are often memories associated with emotions derived from input from the brain’s limbic system.

Below is a list of Energy Medicine protocols which are believed to be appropriate for use with PTSD. Used together, this Energy Medicine collection could prove to be one of the most powerful and effective ways of dealing with the energy imbalances thought to be associated with PTSD.

On the EFT video (refer to the link below) you’re encouraged to choose the one issue that is troubling you the most and stay focused on it as you go through the Meridian Tapping process. This is believed to be a critical part of EFT and it’s so important that you could be well-served to start the process of identifying your most troubling issue now and hold it in mind as you use these tools.

You’re going to need a partner for Gateway to the Inner Sanctuary so, if it feels appropriate, enlist your partner’s help to keep you focused on your issue through that process.

Also, record your level of emotional distress, on a scale from zero to ten before you start. Write it down and keep it handy so that you can compare it to your perceived level of  distress after you finish.

  1. The Nine Hearts exercise – this simple exercise is thought to connect and energizes one of your body’s most powerful energy systems – the Strange Flows or Radiant Circuits.
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  2. The Gateway to the Inner Sanctuary technique (you’ll need a partner for this one). This simple procedure takes about twenty minutes to complete and is intended to
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  3. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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