You walk into a room to get your key, a sound is heard in the distance and suddenly your heart starts racing, your breathing is rapid and terror runs through your body. If you are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), even the slightest sound or movement can trigger your body to react.
As mentioned in Part 1, what causes your brain to activate the reactive brain can vary widely from person to person. Yet once the reactive brain takes over the brain/body system it virtually hijacks the responsive, thinking brain to realize the current, present situation is NOT the same and even if it is, how to respond to the situation rather than react to it.
If you’re reading this, it is probably because you’ve tried a wide variety of medications and treatments and you still wake up in the middle of the night with your heart racing or in a sweat. The focus of this blog is to present methods and treatment that definitely can help you regain control of your life, and help you restore your responsive brain, so you can choose, rather than react to events in your life.
As part of my 5 Prong Approach, I divide PTSD treatment methods into two categories: internal and external. Medication and biofeedback, what you eat, herbs, and homeopathic are external methods, while humor, exercise, hypnosis, and meditation are internal methods. I believe it is extremely important to know the internal methods, because there comes a time, when you may not have access to the external methods.
I’ve been a trauma therapist for over 37 years, and was at Logan Airport for the United Air crew after 911 as part of the Red Cross, Disaster Relief Network. Over my 37 years, I have found the following methods to be extremely effective. I’ve put a () after each method to help explain why that method either helps alleviate symptoms, or helps repair the dysregulated brain to respond again.
As mentioned above, internal methods require nothing from the external world to assist you in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD. These methods count on you and you alone:
All of these methods do take time to learn and there is a learning curve. Research and even brain mapping have shown that once you’ve learned these methods, it physically separates and repairs the neural connection that was made during the traumatic event.
The following external methods require something external to help your PTSD. This category is subdivided between those externals methods that help symptoms of PTSD and those that can resolve it. The latter subcategory is not a cure; however this area goes beyond relieving the symptoms. This category helps with neural connections and brain dysregulation. Hence the events that might trigger you in the past will be markedly decreased or not there at all, without having to continue ongoing treatment.
As mentioned above, I’ve been a trauma therapist for over 37 years and have worked with a wide variety of causes that result in PTSD, such as warfare, sexual abuse, psychological trauma, attachment issues and brain injury, to name a few. Some of the methods presented are the core methods that I know have worked successfully, while for others I use a wide variety of methods.
Choosing the PTSD treatment or method that is best for you can be a process of trial and error. Through my integrative, 5 Prong Approach, which views each person as unique, I believe there is no single program, method or treatment that works for everyone all the time. Therefore you are provided with a customized for your specific needs.
It is important to know that there is hope and help for you to overcome your PTSD symptoms. There is A Way!
If you are having difficulty figuring out the appropriate treatment, you can contact us for a customize consult to help you find the appropriate treatment and help you find a clinician near where you are located.
PTSD: Healing and Recovery Part 2 Copyright © 2014 Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D.