What We Know About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- PTSD can result from any kind of traumatic experience.
- There is no sure cure in Western Medicine for PTSD, but there are alternative treatments that offer hope.
- There are treatments that can lessen such symptoms as flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, intrusive memories, hyper-reactions, difficulty focusing, feeling irritable and easily angered, avoiding certain people, places or anything that reminds you of the trauma.
- The symptoms and their intensity vary so widely that there is no uniform way to approach them.
- Consequently, the treatment of choice has been to manage the symptoms with drugs.
- But it cannot be a one-size fits all solution.
Feelings Buried Alive Never Die
All emotions, especially those that have been suppressed or buried in our subconscious have ways of making themselves heard. As Karol Truman says in her book “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die”: “Unexpressed emotions tend to remain embedded in the body like time bombs, which affect the physical health of the body over time”.
Do you have any of the symptoms below? If so, they are likely signalling that there is trauma in your past that hasn’t been dealt with. Karol Truman provides a script in her book that you can use to clear trauma from your life.
In June 2014, the US Senate designated the month of June as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month and stated that:
– Since October 2001, more than 310,000 of the approximately 1,000,000 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn who have received health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs have been diagnosed with PTSD.
– In 2013, more than 530,000 of the nearly 6,000,000 veterans who sought care at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities received treatment for PTSD.
– Many cases of PTSD remain unreported, undiagnosed, and untreated due to a lack of awareness about PTSD and the persistent stigma associated with mental health conditions.
– Exposure to military sexual trauma can lead to PTSD.
– PTSD significantly increases the risk of anxiety, depression, suicide, homelessness, drug and alcohol related disorders and deaths, especially if left untreated.
Alternative Ways to Deal with PTSD
Alternative treatments can involve hypnosis, and both group and individual counselling. This applies not only to the person with the disorder, but also the family members or anyone who is in close contact with the individual who is suffering with PTSD. There is real healing in group therapy, when a community of sufferers and their families can work through the worst and continue to be supportive of each other.
PTSD and Careers in the Military
One way to view PTSD is to see it in terms of soul loss. Soul loss can happen to those who join the military as a career, without ever coming to terms with the fact that they could find themselves fighting in a war, where they are witnessing atrocities over which they have no control, or are called to actually participate in those atrocities themselves.
The experience becomes traumatic when it is beyond anything they would expect to meet in their normal lives. Soldiers become vulnerable to developing PTSD when they are unable to integrate their experiences into their personal world view.
When they return to normal life, they can’t forget the events they experienced, and lay them to rest. They then become subject to recurring flashbacks, and begin reliving the traumatic incidents over and over in their daily lives.
What Happens With PTSD?
The person who experiences PTSD is unable to diffuse the energy that surrounds very disturbing memories. These memories remain self-contained units of fear, terror, turmoil or abuse that can appear at any time with the same intensity with which they were experienced.
Because of the abrupt and unpredictable nature of these flashbacks, they interfere with the person being able to hold a job, and to live a normal life, because the individual is unable to maintain a focus on his/her normal everyday activities.
Third Culture Kids
Children of military families grow up all over the world. There is even a term to describe them – “third-culture-kids“. To most kids who have grown up in military families, it merely meant moving to different countries, becoming acclimatized to a new language and culture, making new friends, and living on a new base every few of years. They, and their parents, were not likely to have any direct experience of war.
But today the chance of being deployed to war is more likely when one joins the military. So when these kids become young adults, and decide to join the military, they are more vulnerable, and prone to developing full blown PTSD.
Why? Because, when they are deployed to war, if there was no history of combat situations in their experience as children of military families, they are unprepared for direct engagement in war.
The Trail of Destruction in War Veterans Families
War veterans who return with PTSD are unable to reintegrate into the families and communities they return home to. They can no longer take part in a normal functioning society. Their PTSD prevents them from being able to hold jobs, to earn a living, to participate in society and to deal with the demands of a normal family life. Many marriages end in divorce court.
Some try to remarry and raise families, but find they are unable to love, to have patience with their kids, to find peace in their souls, or to find satisfaction in their relationships. Because they are so needy themselves they have nothing to give to their families.
In their frustration, many become angry, abusive, and driven to lash out at everyone, creating chaos around them. Their families suffer, and end up scarred and abused themselves. And the cycle of abuse can be passed down through generations, unless they can find help. Within Western medicine, however, there is no cure for PTSD. There are only drugs to manage the symptoms.
Within PTSD, there are varying degrees of soul loss. In extreme cases, the scars are so deep, the personality itself disappears, and the person is no longer there. For some, suicide looms as a real option that appears as the only way out. But it doesn’t have to go that far.
Can PTSD be Healed?
For PTSD, and it’s many variants, there are avenues that can be explored through hypnosis whereby one can find one’s way back to normalcy and healing. This is also a way for family members to take care of themselves, and the PTSD sufferer who is not able to seek help on their own. Long term group support is one of the best ways to meet the needs of those who suffer from PTSD.
Soul Retrieval as a Means of Healing
In the article Living With Soul Loss, American anthropologist, Dr. Hank Wesselman, talks about the signs of soul loss, and the 3 causes of spiritual illness. He recommends Soul Retrieval as an effective means of regaining one’s balance, and putting fears to rest.
For those suffering with a Depressive Form of PTSD
Depression can be a silent killer. A depressed person with PTSD can take their own life. The Self Care Depression Program Patient Guide, published by the University of British Columbia, is a 44 page booklet that can be downloaded to your desktop. It can help manage depression by reactivating your life, challenging negative thinking habits, and providing effective problem solving strategies.
For more on Depression see: Are You Depressed? Do You Know Someone Who is Depressed?