Category: PTSD Treatment

Use of Medical Cannabis for PTSD Symptoms

“Anecdotal evidence says by and large the use of Therapeutic Cannabis provides a significant improvement in quality of life both for those suffering from (PTSD) and for their family and friends.”

A very interesting article was written by Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D. It was titled “General use of Cannabis for PTSD Symptoms“. Click on this link to visit the http://veteransformedicalmarijuana.org website to read the article.

Treating PTSD with Medical Cannabis by Dr. Sue Sisley

More American Vets have died after returning home and then suffering with PTSD and Complex PTSD, than have died on the battlefields of recent U.S. Wars. Suicide is not uncommon.

PTSD and Complex PTSD is not a burden that just returning American Vets have to deal with. Victims of Narcissistic Abuse could also become afflicted with PTSD and Complex PTSD.

The legalization of Medical Cannabis is removing the stigma of using Cannabis, a naturally occurring plant,  as part of a Medical Treatment. Medical Cannabis may become a recommended treatment for PTSD and Complex PTSD. It has been used successfully by individuals, but because it was “illegal”, Researchers in the past could not do Medical Studies using Cannabis as a treatment protocol.

The FDA may approve a Research Study using Medical Cannabis but the Researchers must get the Cannabis from another agency named NIDA, which controls the one single U.S. Government source of Medical Cannabis. NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) can put a full stop to any FDA approved Study using Medical Cannabis. Hence, in the US there have been precious few Medical Studies on the benefits of Medical Cannabis as a treatment. There are huge numbers of personal accounts of Cannabis being used to successfully treat for example Brain Cancer, Leukemia and PTSD. But the real life truth is called Anecdotal Evidence, which has little value to Government agencies which look for Peer Reviewed Medical Studies which could not be done because Government agencies had Cannabis officially classified as being illegal.

In the video below, Dr. Sue Sisley speaks about Treating PTSD with Medical Cannabis.

 Video is courtesy of the Cannabis Saves Lives! YouTube channel

Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP.

Disclaimer – some people dismiss Neuro Linguistic Programming (also known as NLP).

I do not, but I also do not believe that NLP is a cure all for everything. In my opinion NLP provides powerful Tools. I can give our visitors an extremely expensive and well made set of wrenches and I doubt that anyone would be able to take apart and put back together the engine in their automobile with said wrenches. Tools required experienced hands. The same applies to NLP techniques.

If you get a chance, do some research on NLP and  Richard Bandler. You can buy videos of his seminars from his site and on Amazon.com. There is tons of info available on the internet about NLP. Your local Public Library should also have books on Neuro Linguistic Programming, including by folks like Richard Bandler and Steve Andreas

It is my opinion that a number of things in NLP work. The Phobia Cure, for example, in my opinion works. That protocol in my opinion may work for other things.

Disclaimer – The videos below are not meant as medical advice for anyone. They are posted for educational and entertainment purposes. Speak with your Therapist or other Medical Practitioner about the content of the videos and whether NLP could be of help with your situation. I make no claims whether anything shown in the videos is appropriate for your situation or for anyone’s situation for that matter. It is your choice to view any of the videos below and you do so at your own risk.

Video is courtesy of the realpeoplepress YouTube channel

Video is courtesy of the realpeoplepress YouTube channel

Steve Andreas is very well known in NLP circles and has been helping people for decades.

Video is courtesy of the realpeoplepress YouTube channel

Video is courtesy of the realpeoplepress YouTube channel

Video is courtesy of the realpeoplepress YouTube channel

This next video features Richard Bandler (one of the two developers of Neuro Linguistic Programming)

Video is courtesy of the NLPLife YouTube channel

Neuro Linguistic Programming is not magic. NLP is a set of tools which require experienced practitioners.

EMDR Treatment for PTSD and Complex PTSD. A review by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D.

EMDR Therapy is relatively new. I had previously posted about EMDR Therapy as possibly being an option for the treatment of PTSD and Comlex PTSD. I had posted a video by Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR Therapy where she explained the EMDR Treatment Protocol.

To provide for a balanced view, there is very good article reviewing EMDR posted on the Quakwatch website. It was well researched and includes lots of references.

I did state in my initial post that no one knows why EMDR works (or where in the Human Brain). In the 20/20 News Video about EMDR, one patient spoke very highly of the results. With all things of Science, the ability to replicate the results, confirms the results – or not.

Please click on this Link to view the post on the Quackwatch website titled: “EMDR Treatment: Still Less Than Meets the Eye? That post was written by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D.

EMDR Therapy to treat Trauma

EMDR Treatment is fast. You could be talking about a few sessions with a Licensed Therapist trained in EMDR Therapy, versus months and years with other Therapies. EMDR Therapy could be one option to consider, for those with the symptoms of PTSD and Complex PTSD,

In this video Sabrina Weyeneth walks thru the steps of an EMDR session.

Video is courtesy of the Sabrina Weyeneth YouTube channel

Click on this Link to visit Sabrina Weyeneth’s website.

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma, Complex Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD and past Narcissistic Abuse

This video was a 20/20 TV Show Report about EMDR Therapy.

EMDR Therapy could be one option to help those with sym[ptoms of PTSD or Complex PTSD. Beneficial results could potentially happen in just a handful of EMDR Therapy sessions, versus taking months and years using other Therapies.

Video is courtesy of the CalSouthern PSYCHOLOGY YouTube channel

Click on this Link to visit the California Southern University website to read their post titled: “EMDR:, Realities, Misconceptions, and Broader Applications.”

EMDR Therapy could help those suffering from PTSD and Complex PTSD

There are therapies, such as EMDR,  which defy explanation of how they work neurobiologically.

In the video below, Francine Shapiro Ph.D, the developer of EMDR Therapy, details EMDR Treament for Complex PTSD and PTSD.

Video is courtesy of The Psychology Webinar Group YouTube Channel

The following is quoted from Wikipedia: In 1999, EMDR was a controversial therapy within the psychological community,[20] and in 2000, its efficacy compared to other treatments and underlying mechanism was the subject of debate.[21] However, since 2004, EMDR was recommended as an effective treatment for trauma in the Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association,[22] the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense,[23] SAMHSA,[24] the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,[25] and the World Health Organization.[19]

EMDR  is an “Officially” recognized Psychotherapy.

EMDR treatment could be of help to those suffering from the symptoms of PTSD and Complex PTSD.

The following is quoted from Wikipedia: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro that emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology.[1][2] It is used to help with the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[3] According to Shapiro, when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli are inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network.

From the official EMDR International Association site: “No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain.”.

The following is quoted from Wikipedia:

Approach

EMDR therapy consists of eight phases and each phase has its precise intentions.[32][33]

Phase I History and Treatment Planning

The therapist conducts an initial evaluation of the client’s history and develops a general plan for treatment. This includes the problems which are the primary complaint of the client and a history of distressing memories which will become the targets for reprocessing.

Phase II Preparation

The therapist helps the client develop ways to cope with distressing emotions so that they are able to calm down and help themselves in between therapy sessions. Commonly this is done with guided imagery or other relaxation techniques.

Phase III Assessment

The therapist asks the client to visualize an image that represents the disturbing event. Along with it, the client describes a thought or negative cognition (NC) associated with the image. The client is asked to develop a positive cognition (PC) to be associated with the same image that is desired in place of the negative one. The client is asked how strongly he or she believes the PCs to be true using a 1–7 scale (completely false to completely true) called the Validity of Cognition (VOC) scale. The client is also asked to identify what emotions he or she feels. The client is then asked to rate his or her level of distress on a scale from 0–10, with 0 being no distress and 10 being the most distress they can imagine. This is the same as a Subjective Units of Distress scale (SUD) that is commonly used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Finally the client is asked to identify where in the body he or she is sensing the feelings.

Phase IV Desensitization

During the reprocessing phases of EMDR therapy, the client focuses on the disturbing memory in multiple brief sets of about 15–30 seconds. Simultaneously, the client focuses on the dual attention stimulus, which consists of focusing on the trauma while the clinician initiates lateral eye movement or another stimulus such as a pulsing light held in each hand, or tapping on the knees.[34] Following each set, the client is asked what associative information was elicited during the procedure. This new material usually becomes the focus of the next set or another aspect of the memory may be guided by the clinician. This process of personal association is repeated many times during the session.[34] This process continues until the client no longer feels as distressed when thinking of the target memory.

Phase V Installation

The therapist asks the client to focus on the event along with the PC developed in phase III. The client is asked to hold in mind the memory with the positive thought as the therapist continues with the bilateral stimulation. When the client feels he or she is certain the PC is fully believed and that belief is as strong as possible, the installation phase is complete.

Phase VI Body Scan

At this phase the goal of the therapist is to identify any uncomfortable sensations that could be lingering in the body when thinking about the target memory and the PC. While thinking about the event and the positive belief the client is asked to scan over his or her body entirely, searching for tension, tightness or other unusual physical sensation. Any negative sensations are targeted and then diminished, using the same bilateral stimulation technique from phases IV and V. The PCs should be incorporated emotionally as well as intellectually. Phase VI is complete when the client is able to think and speak about the event along with the PC without feeling any physical or emotional discomfort.

Phase VII Closure

Not all traumatic events will be resolved completely within one session. If the client is significantly distressed the therapist will guide the client through relaxation techniques that are designed to bring about emotional stability and tranquility. The client will also be asked to use these same techniques for experiences that might arise between sessions such as strong emotions, unwanted imagery, and negative thoughts. The client may be encouraged to keep a brief log of these experiences, allowing for easy recall and processing during the next session.

Phase VIII Reevaluation

With every new session, the therapist will reevaluate the work done in the prior session. The therapist will also assess how well the client managed on his or her own in between visits. At this point, the therapist will decide whether it is best to continue working on previous targets or continue to newer ones.