Category: Trauma Treatment

Trauma in one’s life can lead to PTSD and attempts to destroy oneself

Trauma can have a lasting impact on Human Beings. US Soldiers returning home from the Middle East battles, bring with them the trauma of what happened during their Tour of Duty. Childhood Trauma can destroy the life a child could have had. The Trauma caused by a living with a disordered individual such as a Malignant Narcissist stays with the Victim long after the Narcissist has left seeking a new source of Narcissistic Supply.

The Trauma caused by a disordered individual also creates Trauma Bonding, making it extremely difficult for the Victim to leave a dysfunctional relationship.

Click on this line to view our prior posts about Trauma Bonding and Stockholm Syndrome.

I ran across this news clip and my heart sank. When Jessica Landon was a child, she was molested by a babysitter. A child is very vulnerable. They cannot fight off an abuser. The child knows what was done to them is wrong and can blame themselves for letting it happen, even though they had no way stop it.

The molestation created major Childhood Trauma, which has lasted well into this lady’s adult life. This is PTSD at it’s worst because she took actions which in my mind was an attempt to destroy herself.  I suspect that she had been too embarrassed to seek out a Licensed Therapist and get Psychological help and support. Instead she tried to ease the pain by using alcohol. Many Trauma victims turn to Drugs and or Alcohol to try and ease the pain.

Jessica Landon’s Childhood Trauma, essentially destroyed the life that Jessica could have had and should have had.

If you are dealing with Traumatic events in your past (or even in your recent present) please seek out the help of a Licensed Therapist (Psychiatrist or Psychologist) who is experienced with helping people deal with Trauma and PTSD. It is painful and very difficult. With the help of a Licensed Medical Professional(s) one can work to get a handle on the Trauma induced PTSD and prevent the attempt at self destruction via Drugs or Alcohol.

Click on this link to visit the SUN News website to read their heart breaking article titled:PLAYBOY TRAUMA – Playboy model, 37, drank vodka 24 hours a day that shut down her organs and rotted her skin in shocking spiral of booze addiction“.

On our Uniquely Narcissistic site in the top menu, is a box labeled “Find Licensed Therapists“. Clicking on that you will find posts by Licensed Therapist and posts on where and how to find a qualified Licensed Therapist. Click on this link to open our “FInd Licensed Therapist” page.

Please discuss with your Medical Professional(s) about the possible use of Medical Cannabis to help with the treatment of PTSD.

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.

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

 Video is courtesy of the Cannabis Saves Lives! YouTube channel

 

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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.