Friday, November 16, 2012

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Therapy for PTSD means treating the reaction or over-reaction of the body to the past happening(s) which has current remembrance in the memory and a negative impact on the normal ability of the mind and body. Thus, PTSD therapy should cause inhibition or interference of both the involuntary and voluntary forces that result in recollection of the part or whole of the negative thought based on sorrowful experience.
The mind detects sorrow based on two different characters:
1.       Something that is ‘different’ from the past happening and
2.       Something that is negative in nature but without ‘adjustment’ possible over it.
“Negative hurts and positive heals the negative.” Every negative experience can be healed by positive happenings. For instance, a young person who experiences the death of father can get his trauma healed by the love from brother. Thus, the positive happening has the potential to heal the negative happenings then no matter how strong these negative happenings actually are. In short, it can be stated that love heals the mind in the best possible way. A PTSD patient needs true love more than an allopathic medicine; true love that touches the heart and relaxes the mind. So again, true love which is positive has the potential to heal trauma which is negative. Let’s say there are negative charges on the surface of mind and positive charges or happenings are neutralizing those negative charges!
Applying pressure on a ball so as to relieve anger and sorrow
The PTSD patients can be given a rubber ball which can be square in shape. At the time of recollection of the sorrowful event the patients should be advised to press the ball with greatest possible force. Thus, the patients should be asked to give an outlet to their anger and sorrows by channeling their emotions from the incident towards applying pressure on the ball. Also, every traumatized patient has anger related to the negative happening. This outlet of pressing the ball can make the patient feel that his anger is being taken out somewhere and this will eventually make him feel good. 
Strongly Forced Emotions and PTSD
Artificial and voluntary expression of smiles and laughter can be a good way to relieve trauma. Though these smiles and laughter is a forced phenomenon it can be helpful to a great extent if accompanied with “Strongly Forced Emotions (SFE)”. SFE are the emotions that are expressed by applying very strong physical, facial and emotional forces. SFE can be artificially forced to take place. However, these emotions benefit both the doer’s mental as well as physical well being. When a traumatized patient is asked to perform the SFE with great force they have an impact on the memories already present. The positive forces of laughter, smiles and happiness as expressed in the positive SFE can change the mental well being of PTSD patients. This research work has been tested and found applicable for the treatment of PTSD.
Quick facts on PTSD
  •          Everybody is susceptible to contact PTSD.
  •          The chances of contacting PTSD are not the same in every individual.
  •         In the same individual during different times in life the chances of contacting PTSD varies.
  •          PTSD is related to the weaknesses present at emotional level.
  •        People with higher ability to concentrate on one theme are more susceptible to contact PTSD.
  •          The chances of contacting PTSD increases 3 fold if the person spends sleepless night just after the incidence of trauma.
  •          Confuse the memory related to trauma so that it becomes easier to eradicate it as a later step. 
  •     It is interesting to note that the two important emotions in every mental health patient are anger and sorrows. A study on how much of sorrow and how much of anger is present in a mental health patient can be an indicative of the severity of disorder. A tool that can detect the level of anger and the level of sorrows can therefore be of great help in the detailed diagnosis of PTSD patients. 
  • Another approach for PTSD can be developed through these guidelines: 

Let the PTSD patient be considered as: Y
Let the emotion of thought related to traumatic event of PTSD be considered as: A
Let the emotions or thoughts related to other sorrow be considered as: B
Let the emotions and thoughts related to happiness be considered as: C
It works like this:
Y has A in mind for 25 seconds.
Next, Y has B in mind for 5 seconds.
Next, Y has A in mind and it is more painful after feeling B for 5 seconds. It continues for 20 seconds. This means Y needs counseling sessions for B along with A.
Next, Y has C in mind for 7 seconds.
Next, if Y feels the A with less pain now then it means that thinking C can be very beneficial to Y as an “Emotional-approach for Treatment of PTSD.”

Written by Ekta K. Kalra
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