What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), how do you get it, and how do you treat it?
Jill has memories of wonderful moments when her mom would take her on her lap and tell her how beautiful she was. It felt so good. Moments later she would throw her off of her lap and tell her she was a whore. She suffered from emotional abuse from her mom, and sexual abuse from her dad.
John spent time proudly serving his country in the military abroad. His experiences were beyond anything he could ever have imagined or could tell his family about. The repeated need to be in protected fight or flight mode became ingrained in his body. Since his return home to the U.S. he has experienced anxiety, not slept, has problems getting along with others, and has not felt safe, even in the safety of his own home.
Susan was in a car accident and experienced whiplash. Since that time, she has had neck and shoulder pain that no therapy has been able to relieve.
These are only a few examples of adults suffering with PTSD. It is caused by one extreme event or repeated extreme trauma. Is not obvious to others, and is carried silently by those suffering from it. If you have it, you know the symptoms. The fight/flight/freeze response pops up at the most inconvenient times, can stop you in your tracks and affects all your relationships. Each time someone who can no longer deal with the pain commits suicide, it increases our awareness of the need for recognition, treatment and support.
On 9/11/01, most Americans experienced a feeling of insecurity. Luckily, with time, most of us were able to let go of the intensity of that feeling and regain our sense of safety. If you were directly involved in survival that day, you felt it more, and may even still carry some anxiety with you.
To those of you suffering, I give you a huge acknowledgement for getting up and facing each day. The stress from emotional pain, if not addressed, will eventually show up with physical pain. Counseling, massage, relaxation exercises, yoga, EFT, hypnosis, acupuncture, etc. all are effective for helping with this.
What they do not do, is target the overactive fight/flight/freeze reflex response from the level of the body where it originates from, within the circuit between your brain and body that keeps you awake, or is triggered each time an external event sets it off.
This is where I can help you – using the MNRI Method. I believe this is the “missing link” targeting this circuit within you and all other reflexes connected to it. I can help you to relax and restore the circuit to its original state. There is HOPE. You can regain your sense of self and safety in every moment.