Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder1
Witnessing someone being badly hurt or killed, involvement in a fire, flood, earthquake, severe hurricane, or other natural disaster, involvement in a life-threatening accident (workplace explosion or transportation accident), military combat and other stressors caused intentionally by human beings (genocide, rape, torture, abuse, etc.): The patient has been exposed to a catastrophic event involving actual or threatened death or injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of the self or others. During exposure to the trauma, intense fear, feeling helpless, confusion or horror mark the person's emotional responses to manifest later in life.
Traumatic memories have two distinctive characteristics:
Avoidant symptoms: The patient attempts to reduce the possibility of exposure to anything that might trigger memories of the trauma, and to minimize his or her reactions to such memories. This cluster of symptoms includes feeling disconnected from other people, psychic numbing, and avoidance of places, persons, or things associated with the trauma. Patients with PTSD are at increased risk of substance abuse as a form of self-medication to numb painful memories.
Hyperarousal: Hyperarousal is a condition in which the patient's nervous system is always on "red alert" for the return of danger. This symptom cluster includes hypervigilance, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, general irritability, and an extreme startle response-- a frequent but not always apparent symptom of PTSD, nor is it solely required in diagnosis.
Significance: The patient suffers from significant social, interpersonal, or work-related problems as a result of the PTSD symptoms. A common social symptom of PTSD is a feeling of disconnection from other people (including loved ones), from the larger society, and from spiritual or other significant sources of meaning. These symptoms are normal responses to trauma.
What others do:
One coping strategy includes "critical incident stress management" - a system of interventions designed to help emergency/disaster response workers and public safety personnel.
Other treatment methods used with patients who have already developed PTSD include:
These strategies may include: relaxation training, biofeedback, social skills training, distraction techniques, or cognitive restructuring.
PTSD is a natural response
to an un-natural event.
How We Handle It
We call it "Post Traumatic Stress" (or "PTS") Therapy; our methods have been in use since before the inceptions of Exposure and TIR therapies. Therefore, our therapy already includes the cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. We start with a group meeting for initial understanding of PTSD, then continue on an individual therapy basis. Family and spiritual issues are always addressed and handled to a successful, happy outcome.
The other therapies may be fine for getting "surface" tensions removed, but will, and do, fall short of getting the core discomforts and issues handled. PTS Therapy works on the core with a two-fold approach: reduce, and even eliminate, the hyperarousal AND immediately, painlessly and calmly discover and eliminate the hidden confusions, beliefs and terrors that drive the uncontrollableness of the trauma with biofeedback guidance.
The results are a calmer, happier individual who can get along anywhere with anyone, at will.
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1. Adapted from: Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders(2003), by Rebecca J. Frey (see http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_gx5197/is_2003/ai_n19119486 )