Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve learned a lot recently about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As the National Institute of Mental Health defines it, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml.)

Anyone can get PTSD, and at any age, including: war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and other serious events.

One thing I didn’t know until recently: not everyone with PTSD has experienced a serious event. You can also get PTSD if a loved one is harmed, or threatened, or dies.

Most important, researchers now believe that there’s a kind of evolutionary process that passes on protective coping strategies from generation to generation. An example might be avoidance behaviors to loud sounds. Why do loud sounds often make us run, not approach?

Similarly, PTSD may be hereditary. NIMH studies show greater evidence of PTSD in descendants of people with PTSD. Further, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) show that we may one day be able to identify biomarkers for PTSD behaviors such as anxiety.

Even more studies show that PTSD might even pass into our society as a kind of collective unconscious, whether attributed to genetics or a collective “knowledge” of the past.

Why pay attention to PTSD?

If you’re a person in pain, you may not be improving because a PTSD component hasn’t been addressed. Again, you can have PTSD whether you’ve experienced a serious event or not. You might have a cloud of otherwise inexplicable depression that doesn’t respond to medication. You just don’t feel good, and you may have pain in one or more places in your body.

And if you do have traces or more of PTSD, professionals like me who use physioenergetic  therapy (therapy that has techniques to address anatomical, physiological, and energetic problems) may need to clear PTSD energy before being able to determine the root cause of your pain and either reduce or eradicate it.

The great news is that I can help you. Whereas little was known 12 or 13 years ago when I first opened my practice, today I know quite a bit about PTSD and have specific therapy to help resolve it so that we can move forward to resolve other issues.

 

 

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