A new study on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how talk therapy helps. This study, conducted by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust collaborating with King’s College London, has found that talk therapy can help heal the brain. Which in turn promotes healthier neural connections. Neural connections are the sending or receiving parts of your brain needed to function properly. Neurotransmitters are responsible for your emotional feelings; happy, sad, indifferent, etc. A PTSD brain and a brain without PTSD operate much differently. However, with therapy, one’s brain can heal the past trauma and begin recovery. More importantly, send PTSD and CPTSD symptoms into a long lasting remission.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of PTSD talk therapy that is not uncommon to treat trauma victims. Essentially, this therapeutic approach will allow one to think and respond to various thoughts and triggers differently. In my husband’s case, his Therapist has worked with him to develop healthy coping mechanisms and reduction of his PTSD symptoms. This therapy has proven effective in those suffering from PTSD and CPTSD—a combination of several psychiatric symptoms that cause distress in the sufferer. This new study examined the long-term effects of cognitive behavior therapy and addressed how the brain rewires itself to cope with psychiatric ailments.
PTSD Talk Therapy & You
There are multiple kinds of therapies available for those facing PTSD and CPTSd. CBT’s are considered to be PTSD talk therapy pocesses. Important to remember is how uncomfortable it may be to start a new type of therapy. For the most part, it is challenging because it may be new to you. My husband really struggled with his recovery the first six months with his Therapist. She gave him all the tools that he needed but he wouldn’t use the tools. The best way that I can describe the situation back then is that his therapist lead him to water but was unable to make him drink.
Recovery and remission of symptoms take a lot of work. Although this may be true, it is absolutely worth it in the end. In addition this includes PTSD talk therapy, medications, self-care, and continued effort from your loved one. I would say that 25% is medications, 25% of their recovery comes from medical providers and specialists, and the remaining 50% comes from the person with PTSD.
Types Of PTSD Talk Therapy
One type of PTSD talk therapy is known as Rewind Therapy. This is a kind of “exposure” therapy where the patient undergoes a guided meditative state of mind with his or her therapist. Experts use this type of PTSD talk therapy to help the patient re-write the traumatic event. Further more they create a new ending that is positive. A few things to keep in mind when considering this kind of therapy are:
- Your therapist relaxes you first – usually through hypnosis
- Your therapist makes you feel comfortable
- They avoid referring to upsetting incidents in too much detail
- Make sure they have in-depth training in both relaxation skills and the Rewind Technique itself
- Ask them if they could give you an example of a successful Rewind technique used in the past
- Some will need multiple Rewind sessions if there are several anxiety or PTSD symptom provoking experiences
Rapid Results Therapy
My husband’s situation had him stuck realizing that if he could change the way he felt, thought, and behaved, then our live’s quality would improve. Although he knew deep down there was a way negative thoughts got in the way. Painful emotions, horrific symptoms, and self-destructive behaviors continued. In addition to this, troubling experiences from his past continued to haunt his thoughts and dreams. It wasn’t until his therapist suggested Rapid Results Therapy (RRT) that he and I noticed a huge decrease in the severity and duration of his PTSD symptoms.
RRT is a talk therapy which is also considered as an exposure therapy. This therapy can help in as little as one to nine sessions. In my husband’s case he seen significant results in just three sessions. In fact, he enjoyed remission for eight months after completing his RRT sessions. Likewise, continued use of tools learned in therapy keeps PTSD symptoms at bay.
PTSD Talk Therapy Proves Successful
If your loved one is suffering from trauma from the past and they are not under the care of a therapist, I would
suggest finding one who specializes in PTSD and Trauma immediately. What is going on is their brain has not put the horrible memories away as just that – a memory. Their brain feels the traumatic experience is still occurring in present times. Even though it may have taken place years ago. Basically, your partner is experiencing the awful trauma over and over again because their brain considers the trauma as a current event.
All in all, life doesn’t have to be this way. Find a qualified therapist right away and you and your loved one’s journey can and will take a turn for the better. I almost lost hope and then my husband went through different CBT’s and RRT and his symptoms reduced by more than 80%! If this can happen for us, it can definitely happen for you.
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