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TRAUMA THERAPIES & RECOVERY TREATMENT


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Post traumatic stress therapy (PTSD)

Our natural human organism with our higher nature is far smarter and eons ahead of any fundamental learning accumulated by studying the living breathing organism we refer to as homo sapiens otherwise spoken of as modern man. However we are fortunate in that medical science, organic biology and body centered therapy are beginning to join together with some very interesting and rather obvious conclusions.

Firstly the sciences are beginning to agree that there is an immediate link between the emotional and physical being which the learned or cognitive part of the mind attempts to control and over rule by disreguarding and suppressing emotional impulses which the living being transmits to the brain to maintain safety.

heart_to_brainLiving in a an ever abusive society there is little real safety, hence stress levels rise and are reflected in social behaviour such as world media reported war, shooting bombing, horn blowing, road rage, accidents, street violence, disobedience, graffiti, regular occurrences and observations to which we are constantly exposed.

We are all exposed to these and other dangers daily so stress is truly on the march and we have little option than to live with it in this congested unsustainable manner of human neglect.

Denying the stressors:

Because we think we are so clever we have unwittingly taught ourselves to ignore & to a larger degree tolerate these life preserving, disturbing sensations.
Through time and the evolutionary process our Ego simply desensitize the brain from responding to these life preserving impulses with massive consequences to our physical health individually and as a society.
 

The greater part of society has become desensitized through generational ignorance, transference, pitiful neglect and a patriarchal, commercially driven unsustainable world process of earthly abuse with deliberate neglect due to consequential spiritual denial.

Domestic violence regularly leads to death of partners and siblings due to the perpetrators inability to deal with emotional stress so they lash out in dysfunctional,  EGO empowered ANGER.
All war is violence and abuse On the greater scale.

In too many instances this is the unfortunate consequence of the environment in which individuals were raised, environments where anger, domination and rage were modelled to be considered "normal" behaviour.

So the wisdom within the ancient adage of "An eye for an eye umtimately leading to two blind people".

History records that "When a society or species becomes divided from within itself ultimate collapse is emminent".

Owing to generations of past social neglect our hospitals and welfare divisions of society are forever overcrowded and dangerously under resourced. We have been treating our bodies and the earth as machines or vehicles and would have kept do as such so long as there is petrol in the bowsers so we just keep driving and mining that old body earth and man until it falls apart.

Therefore there is no wonder that more than one-quarter of a million Australians experience PTSD in any one year and around 5% of Australians have had PTSD at some point in their lives.

Serious accidents are one of the leading causes of PTSD in Australia.

Others can occur in the work place by being over loaded and having to absorb the stories and miseries in the welfare world without adequate professional supervision support.

Post traumatic stress builds as a consequence of the accumulated, retained and denied impulses of energy transmitted by the natural instinctive fear responses to danger. This may be comparable to message bank for missed calls, eventually the bank will fill within a phone.


Exposure of PTSD

Fortunately, however, the human body has insurmountable memory which ultimately over rules the controlling mind and so begins to expose accumulated stress privately to the individual as dis-ease. With further additional ongoing denial the condition will be publicly exposed through erratic, irresponsible, neglectful or dangerous behaviour. Body health ultimately exposes the accumulated tension or bank of message as some form of disease.


Heart felt Gut feelings:

We believe now that there is no coincidence in the rise of breast and stomach cancer when one considers the accumulation of the soft tissue, nourishing glands and transmitting organs from whence the survival signals are transmitted and ignored and retained.

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PTSD is a name given to a set of reactions that can develop in people who have experienced or witnessed an event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them and possibly led to feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror.

It could be a car or other serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or natural disasters such as bushfires, droughts, tsunamis, bombing, shooting or floods.

Other life changing situations such as being retrenched, getting divorced or the expected death of an ill family member, are very distressing and may cause serious mental health problems, but are not events that can cause PTSD.

Anyone can develop PTSD following a traumatic event but people are at greater risk if the event involved physical or sexual assault, they have had repeated traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse or living in a war zone, or they have suffered from PTSD in the past.

Signs and symptoms

People with PTSD often experience feelings of panic or extreme fear, which may resemble those felt during the traumatic event. A person with PTSD has three main types of difficulties:

  • Re-living the traumatic event ─ through unwanted and recurring memories and vivid nightmares. There may be intense emotional or physical reactions, such as sweating, heart palpitations or panic, when reminded of the event.
  • Being overly alert or wound up ─ sleeping difficulties, irritability, lack of concentration, becoming easily startled and constantly being on the look out for signs of danger.
  • Avoiding reminders of the event and feeling emotionally numb ─ deliberately avoiding activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings associated with the event. People may also lose interest in day-to-day activities, feel cut off and detached from friends and family, or feel flat and numb.

    People with PTSD can also have what are termed ‘dissociative experiences', such as:

"...it was as though I wasn't even there...", "...time was standing still...",
"...I felt like I was watching things happening from above..."
"...I can't remember most of what happened..."

A health practitioner may diagnose PTSD if a person has a number of symptoms in each of these three areas listed for a month or more, and they lead to significant distress, or impact on their ability to work and study, their relationships and day-to-day life.

It is not unusual for people with PTSD to experience other mental health problems at the same time. These may have developed directly in response to the traumatic event or have followed the PTSD. These additional problems are more likely to occur if PTSD has persisted for a long time.

Up to 80 per cent of people who have long-standing PTSD develop additional problems, most commonly depression and anxiety.

Many also start misusing alcohol or drugs as a way of coping.


Impact of PTSD on relationships and day-to-day life

"It's as if she isn't here anymore. She does everything that she is supposed to, looks after the kids and everything but she doesn't seem to enjoy anything anymore. I can't even begin to imagine what she's been through and I'm afraid to ask questions just in case I upset her....she just can't seem to move on. I just don't know what to do anymore."

PTSD can affect people's ability to work, perform day-to-day activities or relate to their family and friends.

People with PTSD can often seem disinterested or distant as they try not to think or feel in order to block out painful memories.

They may stop participating in family life, ignore offers of help or become irritable. This can lead to loved ones feeling shut out.

It is important to remember that these behaviours are part of the problem.

People with PTSD need the support of family and friends but may not know that they need help.


Treatment for PTSD

It's never too late to start addressing PTSD

Many people experience some of the signs of PTSD in the first couple of weeks after the traumatic event but most recover on their own or with the help of family and friends. For this reason, formal treatment does not usually start until about two weeks after a traumatic experience.

It is important during those first few days and weeks to get whatever practical help is needed. This might include information and access to people and resources that can assist recovery.

Support from family and friends may be all that is needed.


Screening, assessment and diagnosis

The following simple questions can help a health professional decide if it is likely that someone who has been through a traumatic event has PTSD:

  • Do you avoid being reminded of the experience by staying away from certain places, people or activities?
  • Have you lost interest in activities that were once important or enjoyable?
  • Have you begun to feel more distant or isolated from other people?
  • Do you find it hard to feel love or affection for other people?
  • Have you begun to feel that there is no point in planning for the future?
  • Have you had more trouble than usual falling or staying asleep?
  • Do you become jumpy or easily startled by ordinary noise or movements?


If a person answers yes to four or more of these questions, there is a good chance that they have PTSD.

If a person has been identified as having PTSD, the health practitioner will then make a thorough assessment by asking them about:

  • The difficulties being experienced.
  • Other experiences or problems which may impact on wellbeing.
  • How these problems may be impacting on day-to-day life.
  • What strengths and supports the person can draw on.

Effective treatments are available

If a person feels very distressed at anytime after a traumatic event or if they experience symptoms of PTSD that persist after two weeks, a doctor or mental health professional may discuss starting treatment.

Generally, it's best to start with psychological treatment rather than use medication as the first and only solution to the problem.

The cornerstone of treatment for PTSD involves confronting the traumatic memory and working through thoughts and beliefs associated with the experience.

Trauma-focused treatments can reduce PTSD symptoms, lessen anxiety and depression, and improve a person's quality of life. They are also effective for people who have experienced prolonged or repeated traumatic events, but more time may be needed.


DSM-IV criteria for Acute Stress Disorder

A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present

(1) The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others.

(2) The person's response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

B. Either while experiencing or after experiencing the distressing event, the individual has three (or more) of the following dissociative symptoms:

(1) a subjective sense of numbing, detachment or absence of emotional responsiveness

(2) a reduction in awareness of his or her surroundings (e.g., ‘being in a daze')

(3) derealisation

(4) depersonalisation

(5) dissociative amnesia (i.e., inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma).

C. The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in at least one of the following ways:

Recurrent images, thoughts, dreams, illusions, flashback episodes, or a sense of reliving the experience; or distress on exposure to reminders of the traumatic event.

D. Marked avoidance of stimuli that arouse recollections of the trauma (e.g., thoughts, feelings, conversations, activities, places or people).

E. Marked symptoms of anxiety or increased arousal (e.g., difficulty sleeping, irritability, poor concentration, hyper vigilance, exaggerated startle response, motor restlessness).

F. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning or impairs the individual's ability to pursue some necessary tasks, such as obtaining necessary assistance or mobilising personal resources by telling family members about the traumatic experience.

G. The disturbance lasts for a minimum of two days and a maximum of four weeks and occurs within four weeks of the traumatic event.

H. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition, is not accounted for by brief psychotic disorder, and is not merely an exacerbation of a pre-existing axis I or axis II disorder.


THERAPIES TO RELEASE TOXICITY OF TRAUMA

Post Trauma toxicity is the ongoing energy of the unhealed wound left in or on the body as a consequence of a significant or major impact on the physical and emotional anatomy.

To this end body sensitive psychotherapy, massage and rest are essential components to contact, de traumatise and release the retained unexpressed toxic energy of the wound. This physical and psychological intervention stimulates release which ultimately assists physical and hence emotional healing in addition to significant reduction in emotional and mental scarring.

To release this energy the patient must be able to find absolute safety in a supported relationship for the psyche to consider release, to unlock the multitude of defensive protectors which have been activated to the point of hyper arousal due to the initial sensation /s of fear which is the founding cause of the major sensationally experienced trauma.

We do this by implementing an extensive program of body sensitive psychotherapy reviews in combination with personal reconnection with regular massage and total sensory deprivation in float tank therapy where ultimate relaxation of the entire body and psyche maybe achieved.

To completely recover from such post trauma distress it is essential for the body to actually relearn and experience the feeling and sense of calm and safety to return to its former self state. Even then there remains a high probability for potential relapse with excessive shock or fearful stimulation.
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