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10 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Episode 28: Learn from my wife, a board-certified reflexology, exactly what she does for me when I can't sleep, have pain, or can't settle down. What is reflexology? Reflexology is the ancient modality of working the cutaneous reflexes on the feet, hands and ears. These correlate to inner organs and aid in supporting health. At least, that's what the FDA will allow us to say. Reflexology Online Course This is the shortest course in the PTSD Academy, with core instructional videos adding up to 18 minutes! You can quickly learn how to support your partner or children. Watch the walk-through video to learn more. https://vimeo.com/470192394
36 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Warrior Class: Caregiver’s Guide to PTSD
Episode 27: Intended for professionals who want to know more about how to treat PTSD. The Warrior Class isn't just for Veterans. In this online PTSD course for professionals, you'll learn about the following topics: https://vimeo.com/470040455 About the Book: The Warrior Class The Warrior Class represents a group of people that had a different mindset at the onset of a trauma than might ordinarily be associated with victims. They intended to fight back and had received training to overcome extreme stress and continue to function. Examples include military veterans, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMT’s and paramedics, and other groups that fit this broad definition. A warrior is simply someone who has stepped forward, taking on personal risk to make the world safer and more secure. The first five chapters were written in 2014 to help me organize my thoughts during training in PTSD therapy. Clinical experiences that influenced this protocol include the Outpatient PTSD Clinic at the VA Temple, TX, the VA PTSD Inpatient Program in Waco, TX, and doing individual therapy with patients at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, TX. These first five chapters were originally part of the text of Combat PTSD in America: Toward a Permanent Solution, available at Lulu.com (book number: 22601787). In response to the guidance of my editors, these chapters were separated from that book because they are specific for therapists and other healthcare givers for patients with PTSD, while the Combat PTSD in America text will appeal to the general public. Chapters six and seven contain an educational and psychotherapy protocol for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is based on Cognitive Processing Therapy developed by staff in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and was heavily influenced by my experiences in working with Lt. Col. David Tharp, Psy.D. The organization of the therapy content mirrors that of The Combat PTSD Reintegration Workbook for military-specific PTSD, available at www.CombatPTSD.org. This heavy influence of combat-related PTSD is the reason for the emphasis on the military population in this book. However, the research and statistics are often generalizable to other groups due to the high degree of overlap with respect to risk factors. For example, 60% of female new recruits in the Army have been shown to have had abuse within the previous 12 months. In some areas of the country, 45% of law enforcement officers are made up of military veterans. Over 11% percent of military recruits have convictions of crime, and countless more join the military to flee their dangerous lives in the drug- and gang-infested inner cities of America. And I personally represent the many children of veterans who, though never having seen combat, can attest to the traumatic nature of life in a post-war family. Finally, and probably most importantly, more there are more than five times the number of civilians with PTSD than veterans in the U.S. Civilians, especially the children, have always suffered the most in war – and in the war after the war. This book is dedicated to them. The Warrior Class Curriculum includes the following: About the Book. 4 Chapter 1: Overview of Treatment 5 Communicating with Veterans: A Skill to be Learned. 6 Treatment Goals and Emotional Fitness. 7 Setting Expectations. 8 Improving Quality of Life. 9 Safety Considerations. 9 Suicide as a Crisis of Hope. 10 Suicide Risk and Protective Factors. 10 Medicolegal Issues. 13 Chapter 2: Acute Phase Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress. 14 Symptoms of Acute Post-Traumatic Stress. 14 What Not to Do. 15 Traumatic Event Management 16 How to Process a Group Trauma. 16 Psychotherapies for Acute Post-Traumatic Stress. 17 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) 18 Medication Therapy for Acute Post-Traumatic Stress. 19 Chapter 3: Chronic Phase Treatment of PTSD.. 21 Psychotherapies That Work. 21 Psychoeducation: Timing is Everything. 22
22 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Anxiety Reduction Course – Online Now
Episode 26: Holistic means mainstream too, you know. Learn how to reduce anxiety while wearing a facemask in this online Anxiety Reduction Course overview. https://vimeo.com/471135649
34 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
PTSD Curriculum Online
Episode 25: How to Shop for a World-Class PTSD Program. PTSD Curriculum: Online or In-Person This episode covers what to look for in a world-class PTSD program. Whether you are going to an inpatient facility or an intensive outpatient program, listen in to Doctor Dan as he outlines the program he started at his local hospital. https://vimeo.com/470027306 This Online PTSD Curriculum is taught exactly like it was at the hospital, captured in 2017 before the holistic experiences crept into my life...
13 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Sex Therapy for PTSD
Episode 24: Graphic, but tasteful. We discuss the taboo! But nowhere will you find such a holistically integrated PTSD course. Sex Therapy for PTSD can be a Reality for Many I anticipate this Sex Therapy for PTSD Course will be our best seller. Check out the video walkthrough here: https://vimeo.com/466673683/3c572fd066 PTSD Sex Therapy Course Outline Safe ground rules Posttraumatic intimacy How to nurture your partner Maintaining one's own identity Sex drive imbalances
10 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Real Pet Therapy: PTSD Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Episode 23: Learn about the Anxious Predator Response in the outline of a comprehensive online PTSD Pet Therapy course. Pet Therapy for PTSD Have you ever seen a PTSD Service Animal in public acting poorly? I have. I've met the original dog involved with the legislation to help legalize PTSD Service Animals and, let me tell you, it was my humble privilege. I love dogs, but don't let that throw you off. PTSD Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals Your therapy animal doesn't have to be a dog, but in this PTSD Pet Therapy online course dogs will be used as our example. I use home video of my PTSD therapy dog who was abused by his previous owner. There is slow motion video so that we break down what the animal is communicating in real time. You will learn the difference between emotional support and service animals. Hopefully, you'll be encouraged to take your dog with you everywhere! PTSD Pet Therapy Course Walkthrough Video: https://vimeo.com/470052393
12 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
How to Add Meaning to the Suffering
Episode 22: Listener comment recorded on the site is a case study in making your own meaning! Have your voice heard You can record your voice to play on the podcast, if you have a question or comment you'd like to add to help others. This episode explains how such a simple, quick act can contribute to improving the lives of others. When done as a lifestyle, being considerate and purposeful can yield powerful results. Listen to our first listener comment I was so happy to hear the SpeakPipe messenger this listener recorded for us. The community is really growing here. We're getting members and just had our first lifetime member sign up in recent weeks. More courses are being added. Here are the courses we have so far: Core Curriculum PTSD Online Training. This is the Mental Component course that is designed for patients with PTSD and professionals that want to borrow phrases and see how he might do things a bit different here. It is a completely mainstream course, not much Complementary and Alternative Medicine in here at all. How to Treat PTSD. This course was originally designed for professionals and has a required text book, The Warrior Class: Caregiver's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder sold separately from lulu here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/daniel-williams/the-warrior-class-caregivers-guide-to-posttraumatic-stress-disorder/paperback/product-1ngyjqw8.html Pet Therapy for PTSD Service Animals. This is course covers the psychological aspect of recovering from PTSD with respect to PTSD Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals. Music Therapy for PTSD. This is an open blog page for everyone, but will hopefully demonstrate how emotional expression with musical instruments can help in PTSD recovery. Reflexology Micro-Course for Insomnia, Pain, and Anxiety. This 15-minute video course will give you quick-access to a powerful, hands-on tool to help you loved ones improve their symptoms. Fast.
16 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Stop Spreading the Disease: Fear and Pain
Episode 21: We create what we focus on. Therefore, fear is the scariest thing going on right now. If we continue to focus on fear and hate, we'll continue to get what we're getting - albeit on a larger and larger scale. Fear is the Enemy's Tool Ever noticed where your fear is coming from? Is it from mainstream media, your co-workers, family or somewhere else? What if I told you that a lot of the fear you experience is targeted as a tool of your enemy? It might help you decide to take a break from it once in a while, or lay it down all together. The population needs love, not control, fear, hate speech, and domination. It's fine time we stand together and boycott all sources of fear, hate speech, and social engineering. Who's with me? Hypervigilance and Fear from PTSD I originally published episode three on Hypervigilance and Fear-Based Living from PTSD in September, 2019. Who knew the world was about to have a parallel pandemic of fear and panic attacks a short time later? I didn't, that's for sure. In fact, I'm not one to jump on the band wagon in any kind of fast way. Focusing on Fear and Pain is Spreading the Disease It's time for a lifestyle change. Review your incoming sources of information to be assured that your enemies aren't fostering fear in you. Personally, I'm sick and tired of media executives deciding what I should be afraid of next. Where's the dignity in that?
13 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
ADHD combined with PTSD: Double Trouble
Episode 20: What if you have ADHD and PTSD at the same time? If you can't scan your environment because of attention deficit, and are hypervigilant from PTSD - anxiety city! Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and PTSD ADHD occurs up to 36% of the time in combat veterans with PTSD. Do you have PTSD and ADHD? If so, you'll want to listen in to this episode for sure. Here I discuss the co-association between the two diagnoses. Hope for PTSD and ADHD By the time people are far enough along in their PTSD recovery to be addressing attention deficit, they haven't yet come back in a crisis they couldn't handle. Why? Because they have the concentration, energy, motivation and physical moveability to overcome whatever new stressors, or grief awaits them. Now that's hopeful, particularly in a world that tends to focus on only the negative.
11 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
The PTSD Shortcut: Restorative Activities
019 “Restorative activities” simultaneously enrich the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of ourselves. I estimate that finding an activity that develops all four at the same time would help about 75% of my patients. I have two points to make about PTSD “shortcuts”: There is no shortcut to the outpouring of emotional energy that comes in the beginning of a healing journey. But there kind of is… PTSD Restorative Activities In today’s episode, I explain how the multi-dimensional approach to exploring various restorative activities. The main benefit is feeling like your old self again. To get there completely, we’re going to need help. If you’re like me and a lot of other people, it’s easy to isolate and refuse to let others care for us. Let’s take a lesson from one of my heroes… Indiana Jones says it best “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.” Indian Jones, Raiders of the Lost Arc While Mr Jones is wounded and needs care, he can’t express himself very well and tries to push her away. She has the caregiver’s dilemna that every time she tries to help, she makes it worse. She even hurts him without knowing it which practically universal among PTSD caregivers. (hint: it’s not the caregiver’s fault) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFzxuEm9MyM
20 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Finding Your Voice: The one thing that all traumas AND treatment plans have in common
Episode 017: Traumas suppress the voice and wishes of the victim. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that at some point in a holistic recovery they would be about finding their voice after trauma. I can't say enough about Brene Brown's book, The Gifts of Imperfection! When I express my feelings, it starts fights If you find that you have trouble expressing yourself, such as frustration, anger, explosive arguments, followed by disconnection and shutting down - there is hope. Your inner wishes, opinions, and unique viewpoint deserve to heard in truth in love. How to Find Your Voice After Trauma I invite you to practice working towards developing close, authentic relationships with at least three people. Choose people that don't judge you. Instead, choose people that give you unconditional love. If you can't find safe people to talk to, then you'll feel emotionally cut-off. Write your story, look for ways to help other people with your experiences. This will help you mend. Record YOUR voice on the podcast by clicking on the "Record message..." button along the right side of ptsdacademy.com. The Top Task in the Womancave or Mancave What if I'm having relationship problems and I'm not done "finding my voice after trauma"? When we're emotionally overwhelmed, from grief or otherwise, we lose our empathy. There is simply no energy left over (from the Emotional category or body-based Energy Body/Spiritual category, as outlined in The PTSD Blueprint). Attempts at communication often result in frustration, irritation and anger. Follow my logic here... If the missing ingredient in your journey has been the inability to put any love with your truth. Oh yes, you can tell people your feelings with a lot of negative energy - but that's not communication. Spend time in your mancave or womancave coming up with a nice way to say what you need to. Explain your background, your story. Let the people close to you know how you arrived at your opinions so that they really understand you better. 5 Steps to PTSD Anger Management Take frequent breaks from intense engagements (arguments) in order to keep your heart rate down. Speak from your heart, engaging your frontal lobe of your brain. Take notes on things you can't answer right away. Spend enough time in your womancave or mancave to find a pleasant way to FINISH the previously paused conversations. Don't use the breaks as yet another pattern of avoidance - remember, that didn't work. Stay engaged in healthy conversation, no matter difficult to hear facts about your behavior from people that care about you. That said, you shall not be a doormat for anyone. When necessary, start over at Step 1.
7 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
PTSD in Alaskan Children is Equal to Combat Veterans
Episode 016: Twenty-30% of Native American children in Alaska have PTSD. This according to the Attorney General's Advisory Committee. In November 2014, they issued Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive, a 258-page government-commissioned needs assessment. Read the full report here: PTSD in Native American Children When Welfare Funds Lawlessness It is no surprise that where lawlessness prevails, so does trauma. Much of the problem in Alaska is geographic, with remote villages with populations of 300. They are funded by a welfare state so the alcohol and drugs flow plenty. Just watch an episode of Alaskan State Troopers to see what they're up against. National Sins Repeated Sadly, all of the domestic violence laws and Violence Against Women act don't apply to Alaska. Yes, the Union has done it again. One view is that the United States of America is still mistreating Native Americans. Another view is they have autonomy and police themselves on the reservations. The bottom line is that thugs and vandals are allowed to thrive - this results in elevated levels of PTSD in the Native American children of the wonderful state of Alaska. Healing Ancestral Wounds As previously discussed in this podcast, a moral/spiritual wound occurs in PTSD. Well, the Native Americans classically have a world view of spirituality and the afterlife that touches their daily lives. The traditional capitalist mindset has tried to forget the spirit exists, because that might mean there was intelligent design. This has resulted in people not looking to the intelligent body and to God, of your understanding, for the answers. The stubborn or ignorant refusal to deny the spiritual health of people ultimately hurts them. My point here is only that the topic is way more complex if you bring the concept of epigenetics. Sins passed down from generation-to-generation comes in the form of measurable electromagnetic energy (often confused with classic emotion) and methylated DNA in the womb. The result is an individual that's primed to fear and tune into the conscious awareness of negativity, which in turn leads to a bad experience in life. We are dealt a hand of cards in life, only to realize later that we can turn them over and play the other side (like Uno Flip).
20 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Music Therapy for PTSD
Episode 018: Live your life in ONE TAKE, just like I recorded these songs! Now that I’ve learned the truths that built this community, all of my guitar playing is live, unedited and unrehearsed. Just like life. Create your own meaning by using your talents for a bigger purpose I added purpose to my late night jam sessions by sharing them with you here. If my guitar playing helps put YOU to sleep, then I’ve added purpose. May this webpage be a living testament to the fact that YOU can create meaning in your life with everyday activities. https://vimeo.com/442229495 I play the guitar to express emotion and create positive vibes. I put this under the Emotional category primarily, but it also helps me reduce body tension (Physical). My insomnia really started with the onset of the pandemic in 2019, culminating in my respiratory illness that didn’t end completely until February 2020. The following songs are set to play on a loop. Now, give yourself permission to relax and turn the volume as low as necessary. 1. SleepyTones I couldn’t sleep tonight, but I’m grateful the the first, and title track, was born out of excitement that I finally got the website project up and running, podcasting daily. Having so much fun! 2. SleepyTees This song is dedicated to good Sleep T-Shirts, comfy bedding and a supportive mattress. Do what you can to optimize your sleeping conditions. Remember, taking care of yourself is selfless and a sign of good mental health! 3. An Angry Day Anger is a healthy emotion and a good teacher. If only we would learn.
42 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Honoring the Spirit in You
Episode 15: Meet the Founder of The Jillian Greyse Network which provides a YouTube channel, blog posts, host of The Spirit That Is You Podcast, lectures, classes and books to help everyone find their path to the spirit that is you. Watch Jillian’s video message to PTSD Academy Podcast listeners! As an international author, columnist, spiritual counselor and Yogi Jillian has been assisting people of all ages professionally for 20 years to find their spiritual balance and individual life purpose. She and Marybernadette Williams, from Mary’s Reflexology has been friends the entire time! Additionally, she is the creator of AstroloYoga – a unique technique that combines celestial alignments and the earth’s electromagnetic field with physical postures, mantras, breathing techniques, mudras, aromatherapy, gemstones, numerology and meditations to create physical, emotional and spiritual balance. For more information go to JillianGreyse.com.
17 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
Hope for the Crisis: Long Distance PTSD Services
Episode 014: With long wait times at counseling services, learn about different techniques you can learn to do remotely. Reiki, biofeedback, and Emotion Code release sessions. Marybernadette Williams is a board certified Reflexologist. Her bio can be found at www.MarysReflexology.com. For a limited time, Marybernadette is doing absolutely free bio-scans using the Genius Biofeedback sound therapy app. Book appointments online at www.MarysReflexology.com
34 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
100-Day Detox Challenge
Episode 013: An action plan for getting the most out of The PTSD Blueprint. See, this is the last podcast in The PTSD Blueprint and now you know just how complex PTSD issues can be. In the last episode you can see how Endocannabinoid Receptor Deficiency burns out the body system and makes people susceptible to suffering the symptoms. In this episode, we’ll look at the toxins, nutrition, exercise and environmental stressors that can all affect PTSD. The worst-case scenario occurs when an increasing number of dimensions are struggling at the same time. For example, physical pain, anxiety, insomnia, loneliness, and guilt. Combinations of symptoms like this affect the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional dimensions. The PTSD survivor feels like there is no where they can turn to get relief. Now that you’ve gotten through The PTSD Blueprint, you can see how puzzling it is for people. We should probably marvel that our PTSD therapies work at all. That they do work, highlights only how resilient people are and not necessarily how bright psychologists and psychiatrists have treated trauma wounds over the years. The PTSD Detox Now that you’ve listened to the first 13 podcasts, downloaded The PTSD Blueprint, you’re ready to put it into action using the PTSD Academy 100-Day Detox Challenge. The premise is simple, take specific actions in each of the four dimensions of self: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. Imagine how good you will feel if you not only exercise your physical body for 100 days in a row, but also your mind, emotions, and spirit. Rules for the 100-Day Challenge Do at least one item for each of the 4 categories per day, for 100 days. Put your own spin on it – after all, it’s your plan to get better. After 100 exercise repetitions per day for 100 days, you will have done 10,000 repetitions! Toxins in the food supply Our bodies are made to be integrated with nature, not inside climate-controlled, man-made boxes with unnatural light that doesn’t have the full spectrum. It’s been well documented that the food supply has artificial, man-made ingredients that are not recognized or are downright toxic to the gut. This triggers an inflammatory response that directly affects brain health and mental health problems. When health nutrition is supplied, depression improves, so I would expect it to also help PTSD. Water and food are packaged, processed, and delivered while in contact with plastic. Plastic leaches out toxic chemicals, worse under heat. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is one of the chemicals that come off the plastic. This is why people say don’t drink water out of plastic bottles that have set out in the heat. Many companies are now offering BPA-free plastics, but BPA is only one of many chemicals that leach off the plastic. Dental root canals can mimic PTSD symptoms I watched a scary documentary called Root Cause that made a convincing case about the danger of leaving dead tooth tissue inside the root that gets left behind. Botulinum toxin, the same toxin that is injected to make nerves die and causes rigor mortis, gets released slowly from the old, dead nerve root tissue. Just like medications and food preservatives, toxins entering the body are monitored, arrested, and destroyed by the immune system. The complexity of the biochemistry of an inflammatory response leads to what can be thought of as a final common pathway for disease: inflammation, swelling, weight gain, decreased immune response with increased propensity to get infections, insomnia from the cortisol, cognitive clouding, and increased perception of pain. When you start feeling like this it becomes very difficult to maintain self-care, so the medical problems can really start piling up. Environmental stressors that impact PTSD Our earth has become toxic. Many believe we are witnessing our last days on earth as we know it. Our food and water are contaminated. Oh, and it turns out that cell phone signals are actually bad for you and, that once mankind released electromagnetic frequencies into out atmosphere, they have stayed trapped in our atmosphere. Save those escaping through the hole in the ozone layer near Australia. There are 2.5 times the EMF’s on earth than there is on the surface of the sun. We have created a microwave. One could argue that pollution that damaged the ozone layer prolonged our habitat’s existence by allowing these EMF’s to escape. Besides the microwave analogy, the blue spectrum of light wreaks havoc on Vitamin A synthesis, such that all the paleo in the world and testosterone injections won’t let you lose those last 20 pounds. It appears that our brains and bodies were designed intelligent enough to know the climate you’re in and what food you’re supposed to be eating. Eating foods outside of the natural season for where you are living causes disruption of Vitamin A synthesis, such that weight can fall off more naturally without the notorious “diet and exercise” approach. Conclusion of The PTSD Blueprint All right, you did it! We have discussed the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects that are wounded – and need healing from PTSD. We will get some experts on the PTSD Academy Podcast in the future so we can really delve into these areas. I know PTSD, but as you can see many of these topics are way outside the pervue of a Medical Doctor so we’ll get the scoop directly from the horse’s mouth wherever possible. Peace. Out.
30 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
PTSD and the Endocannabinoid Receptor System
Episode 012: It is high time to discuss PTSD with regards to medical marijuana, CBD oil, and my favorite brand of hemp oil. There are at least two proteins and receptors in the bodies that are structurally similar to molecules found in hemp, which is the family name that described over 200 plants. Figure 6. The hemp family of plants. (https://plants.usda.gov/java/ClassificationServlet?source=display&classid=CASA3) When the ECS gets depleted, all hell breaks loose. The body can no longer adapt to its environment. The mind gets stuck in the overwhelm and decisions get very difficult to make. Now, ten years ago doctors thought people with fibromyalgia were “crazy” or exaggerating. It turns out their “sensitive” because they have what Russo calls Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency. I call it Homeostatic Derangement Syndrome which heavily affects mental health and PTSD. Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Reconsidered: (original article republished) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5576607/ In 2013, Dr. Viviana Trezza, a professor at the University Roma Tre” in Rome, Italy published the following paper identifying ECS as a novel target for PTSD recovery: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23950739 THE END The next episode is #13, titled When PTSD Symptoms Get Worse: Let’ Get Physical. That will finish up The PTSD Blueprint and then we’ll do some interviews and current events.
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Mainstream Treatment of PTSD
Episode 011: Finally, we will discuss the mainstream treatment PTSD, effectiveness of medications and psychotherapy, and practical neuroscience you can use today. While the medical facts regarding what can be done for PTSD are still frightfully limited, I’ll highlight what I believe are the most important. When combined, psychotherapy with medications offers synergistic improvement. Among the psychotherapies, the two at the top of the list are cognitive processing therapy (CPT), which is a subtype of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and prolonged exposure (PE). My dislike of PE was outlined in its own podcast, Episode #7 The Ugly Truth about Prolonged Exposure: A Case Study in Medical Ethics. Cognitive Processing Therapy Cognitive Processing Therapy was created by federal employees and is therefore an open, free copyright. Anyone can search online to find the exact worksheets used in this therapy. It hinges on core beliefs, automatic thoughts, and reframing just like CBT. Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: Automatic thoughts-feelings circle. Example of Cognitive Processing Therapy: I believe: I can’t trust anyone. Consequences: Decreased social life, family suffers, feel lonely. Evidence for: I got assaulted 4 different times. Evidence against: I’ve gone years without being assaulted. Modified core belief: I am safe almost all the time and work to maintain. Now, doesn’t that feel much more optimistic? It certainly puts us in a more grateful posture to set us up for growth and healing in the future. Unfortunately if this is all you do for PTSD, the body, spirit and sometimes the emotions don’t get a chance to heal. Here are some cool whiteboard videos about CPT from the VA: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/video/index.asp Prolonged Exposure PE can help in specific behavioral circumstances when PTSD, phobia, or disabling anxiety are causing a clear behaviors that qualify as a disorder. Listen to Episode 7 to learn the ugly truth about prolonged exposure. Eye Movement Dissociation and Reprocessing (EMDR) A 2017 literature review of EMDR for PTSD found it to be helpful for people that have more than one diagnosis. Also, it can be help for psychotic (I have to think psychotic-like, intrusive flashbacks too) and affective (mood: anger/depression/panic) symptoms. Therefore, EMDR is definitely a mainstream treatment not to be ignored. Neuroscience of PTSD Neurons in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex degrade during PTSD, sleep deprivation, head injury, and Major Depressive Disorder. Below is a picture of mouse brains with and without Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a protein that does the rebuilding. Row A are mouse brain slides without BDNF, Row B are mouse brain slides with BDNF. Row A has low Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Row B has high amounts of BDNF. Figure 5. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) grows neurons. (This topic is discussed in more detail in my book, Combat PTSD in America: Toward a Permanent Solution. Available at http://www.lulu.com/shop/daniel-williams/combat-ptsd-in-america/paperback/product-22601787.html) Medications for PTSD There are only two FDA-approved medications for PTSD core symptoms: sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil). From after-market trials we know that practically any SSRI, and similar medications, help about as equally as they do in other conditions, such as major depressive disorder. Evidence suggests 10% of the PTSD benefit comes from medications and 90% comes from psychotherapy. In my opinion, sleep medications are the handiest thing the psychiatrist can provide when you’re just dealing with PTSD alone. Sleep medications commonly used in PTSD If you can control the adrenaline at night and practicing turning off your mind at bedtime, you can usually get reasonable control of sleep after trying less than a few of the medications in Table 3. Table 3. Common sleep medications for PTSD. (Combat PTSD in America: Toward a Permanent Solution. Available at http://www.lulu.com/shop/daniel-williams/combat-ptsd-in-america/paperback/product-22601787.html) Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) approaches to PTSD therapy So far, we have spent our time on mainstream approaches to PTSD, while there are a couple dozen of middle-strength of evidence approaches and literally hundreds that haven’t been tried. To highlight the organization of Episode 4 here and the courses at PTSD Academy, I’ve listed several techniques below with CAM strategies that can all be summarized and explained in an eerily similar way: Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercise Acupuncture Somato-Respiratory Integration Meditation Yoga Mindfulness Weight lifting Eating an organic diet, as close to Paleo core principles as you can get today THE END The next episode is #12 PTSD and the Endocannabinoid Receptor System.
27 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
PTSD and the Art of War
Episode 010: “All warfare is based on deception”, said Sun Tsu in the Art of War. No, this episode isn’t about war or the military. But the traumas with the highest propensity to develop PTSD involve interpersonal violence. The more personal and close to you, the worse the PTSD chances. So, this episode is in acknowledgement to the fact that there are perpetrators and those that wished us harm during the traumas that we claim led to PTSD. What’s most important is that you don’t blame yourself for parts of the trauma, or its prevention or handling afterwards, that you couldn’t control. Let Go of the Old Lies When you look at Western deterioration of family values, the quality of the food and water supply, an expensive and unhealthy medical system, and plummeting education standards, you realize that your whole life you never really got taught the right things about practically everything – and you get a little miffed. I use that frustration to fuel my own research into the programs I teach on PTSDacademy.com, but others are not so fortunate. Love Your Enemies? “Every time you point a finger at someone else, there are three pointing back at you.” “Hurt people hurt people.” I must admit that I have a weakness for ancient sayings and the new, but in my human frailty as a psychiatrist the words I repeat from others often feel empty – when not bathed in love. If my empathy is running short, it can be felt by others! Therefore, it is imperative that we all nurture ourselves and take care when we ought, so as to avoid the troubles that come with inauthentic counsel. In other words, YOU too have been the culprit, the perpetrator of trauma to others or you’d hardly be human at all. Even the nicest people have unintentionally crushed the spirit of a child with an ill word muttered under the breath. Some of us have simply grown uncomfortable with ignoring such family “values”. Heal and forgive yourself of your misdeeds and you’ll find it easier to overcome your own pain. Mid-Life Crisis Redefined I think this in an important factor during a mid-life crisis when you realize the plans you are currently making are probably wrought with flawed thinking too. Think about it. Half of life is already over and you don’t want to go on believing wrong information anymore – thank you YouTube and Google, right? So, if you’re like me and want to quit learning things the hard way then I invite you to look at it this way: “The sooner you can accept the impossibility of getting access to the crucial pieces of accurate information you need to make the healthiest decisions you can for you and your loved ones. Even if you could, it is practically impossible to access or decipher the information if you could get it. It would take several PhD’s or a few really good podcasts to understand.” Anonymous. Avoid Fear-Based Press and Ads Yes, there is corruption at every level: congress, pharmaceutical companies, lobbyists, etc. – all fighting for what they want. So, you almost have to have an analytical degree of Master’s level or higher just to sort through the misinformation, particularly on the increasingly discredited internet. Remember, “all warfare is based on deception”. Don’t be a victim of that deception. Commit today to inform yourself. This can’t be done overnight but take a class, call in to a teleconference with me – one way or the other be responsible in your life with this information. So, I’m serious when I say the world needs more podcasts and thinkers! We need you too. Mainstream Treatment of PTSD Look at all the things we had to cover so that we could put medications and psychotherapy into their proper perspective. It took 10 episodes to get to the mainstream treatment of PTSD! This episode concludes SECTION II called Actual Treatment for Moral Injury. The third and final section of The PTSD Blueprint is called PTSD Treatment: Healing the Physical Body after Trauma. The next episode is #11, titled Mainstream Treatment of PTSD. I hope you’ll listen to that one!
13 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
When Healers Feel the Wounds
Episode 009: Surviving Life as Level-III Empath. In coming episodes you’ll hear more about the physical components of how a body with PTSD eventually burns our early causing some predictable clinical syndromes. For now, we will focus on what an “empath” is. Even if you are not an empath or a “sensitive person”, there are many in our world and you won’t fully grasp what PTSD is until you understand how a group of people different than you experience the world. What is a Level-III Empath? Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone. Empathy is sharing the suffering with them in a compassionate way. Being an empath means that you actually feel what the suffer feels. Not only to you sympathize but your empathy is experience in your body. Bodily sensations of pain, anxiety, tension and tightness build whenever you’re around certain people or think about certain things. If this sound like you, you’re probably an empath and you should get yourself educated about what you can do about it. Judith’s book was a great start for me though quite a bit of it still sounds off the wall, so I create courses now in PTSD Academy to teach people how to heal from PTSD that are empaths. Surviving life as a Level-III Empath Two significant experiences led me to my current view on the “chemistry” between people and being an empath. The first happened when I was in psychiatry residency, I was surprised by the number of grandparent who were letting their children and grandchildren be disrespectful to them. None of the books or classes had prepared me for how to think about this problem, much less what to do about it. So, like I was trained to do, I did my own research and found a book titled Setting Boundaries with your Adult Children, by Allison Bottke that helped open my eyes to generational enabling behaviors. I was already familiar with enabling from Al-Anon, but somehow this was different. The second experience was the physical tension, stress, and pain I felt when I first started doing PTSD work. It seemed like the client’s energy was transferred over to me and I began to listen closer to my friends that talked about “releasing” unwanted energy. That’s when my Amazon search led me to Judith Orloff’s book, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Sensitive people? When did I become a sensitive person? Self-Care Redefined So what are we really saying here? If you accept that you are affected by other's energy, than you can decide to learn what to do about it. See, in the background of the always distracting PTSD are some things you're supposed to be doing for yourself anyway - like continuing to grow up and be responsible. The Four Adult Tasks of Intimacy Helping Others. Receiving Care. Negotiating one's own needs. Advocating for one's self. Feeling comfortable going your own way when you know it's right. If you, or someone you know, suffers from the energy they absorb working with PTSD survivors, join PTSD Academy to learn tips and strategies for your to set energetic (and physical) boundaries!
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