When I launched the JEMI website around 6 months’ ago, one of the things I wanted to do was to put together a database of God-fearing practitioners across a range of different disciplines, that readers could contact should the need arise.
As with many good ideas, it seemed great in principle, but in practice I just couldn’t seem to pull it all together. Then a couple of weeks’ ago, I got a timely nudge from Batya Yaniger, head of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in Israel, to stop faffing around and get on with it.
So I did.
Thank God, I’ve finally pulled my finger out and put together the application form to register as a JEMI-associated practitioner. Any practitioner can apply to get listed, with the main proviso that they’ll have to explain how they put God in the picture, when it comes to helping their clients to heal or deal.
It’s a completely free, no-strings service to the public, and once I have a few practitioners signed up, I will put together a searchable page on the JEMI website that will enable you to find someone suitable in the holistic health field you want, in your area.
If you’re a God-fearing holistic health practitioner and you’d like to get listed, please drop me an email, (click the blue) or simply download the attached form, fill it in, and send it back to me. If you know of a God-fearing holistic health practitioner that would benefit from being listed on the JEMI website, please tell them about the JEMI Database.
And if you’re a reader who wants to know how you can find a good acupuncturist, reflexologist, TAT person or other energy medicine professional_ close to home, stay tuned: I hope to introduce you to some cool people, very soon.
Thanks for your question.
In order to fundamentally deal with any ongoing physical or emotional issue, problem or trauma, we have to work across the three levels of body, mind and soul.
Without knowing the details of the childhood trauma, I can share some broad ideas that will hopefully help you get to grips with what happened, however traumatic it actually was.
Stage 1: The soul level
If your childhood traumas involved been betrayed, abused, severely neglected or hurt by your primary caregivers, probably the most important part of this stage is developing a spiritual framework, or perspective that will enable you to put your childhood trauma into a context that will enable you to heal from it as quickly as possible.
When we view our suffering as random or meaningless, then it can be very hard to bounce back from it, or to pick ourselves up from the floor and start over. What’s helped me with my issues is the understanding that whatever difficult things I went through (and I’ve gone through plenty…) they were all meaningful in some way, and they were all serving some useful purpose, and were designed to bring the best out in me, in some way, and to become a more refined, developed person.
Clearly, this doesn’t happen overnight, and it involves a great deal of hard inner work, and it’s also not a linear process. It involves many ups and downs, and requires a great deal of patience, acceptance (particularly of ourselves and our own frailties and weaknesses) and belief in a higher reality, and a ‘higher self’ to help us get through it all.
If God isn’t in the picture, in whatever what you’re most comfortable relating to God, then it’s very difficult to overcome the feelings of hate, vengeance, blame, shame and guilt that continue to pull us back into ‘victim’ mode, and prevent us from cutting free from the hardships we’ve suffered.
Even when God IS in the picture, it’s still not easy. Childhood traumas of all types – illnesses, poverty, abuse, war, divorce, whatever it is – leave deep, potentially permanent scars on our psyche. With God’s help, everything can be healed and turned around for the best. Without God’s help, I won’t say it’s impossible, but I personally can’t see how you can truly heal 100% from childhood trauma, and from the negative emotions and beliefs that accompany it.
Stage 2: Emotional / mind level
This is where a lot of people will tell you ‘therapy!’, and sometimes having a wise, caring friend, mentor or therapist to speak to really is very useful. But ‘therapy’ per se has its limits, and as so much of childhood trauma, particularly early childhood trauma, can occur before the intellect is fully developed, the ‘speaking cure’ as it’s known, has some big limitations (not to mention long time frames and often prohibitive costs.)
If you’re going to go down the therapy route, I’d suggest a behavioral therapy like CBT that deals with changing behaviours without going into years of ‘tell me about your mother’ stuff. Alternatively, you might want to try the logotherapy approach pioneered by Viktor Frankl, that focuses on finding meaning in life, as opposed to happiness (with the understanding that meaning leads to happiness.)
Other options you can explore are finding a mentor you can share things with, preferably someone who’s been through similar experiences and is out the other side of them now, and / or talking to God about stuff, if you feel you need to get something off your chest.
Next, I’d encourage you to explore energy psychology methods like EFT (tapping) the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), NAEM and others, which can often achieve very fast and effective results in undoing the physiological basis of the psychological and emotional traumas we’ve experienced in life.
Trauma often results in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which energy psychology is proving itself to be particularly effective at treating.
If you take a look at the following articles, they’ll explain more about PTSD, it’s symptoms, its causes and how to treat it:
What is PTSD?
You can find out more about tapping here:
And more about TAT here:
The TAT pose
I highly recommend the book the Promise of Energy Psychology, if you want to learn more about how to apply the techniques to your own healing.
I also highly recommend the book: Running on Empty by Jonice Webb, which does a great job of explaining the phenomenon of childhood emotional neglect – which can have a bigger negative impact on a person than clear-cut physical abuse.
Stage 3: The body level
Regular exercise is a crucial part of the recovery process, and has been proven to be the deciding factor in helping emotional illnesses like depression and even schizophrenia to ameliorate and disappear.
Ideally, aim for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
A good night’s sleep is also crucial for maintaining an even keel. Lack of sleep can often exacerbate an underlying emotional weakness or tendency, making it much harder to deal with.
Good nutrition is also vital, as childhood traumas of all stripes often leave people feeling very fatigued and wiped-out, and having a good diet can at least prevent physical exhaustion and lack of energy from exacerbating the problem.
Lastly, I’d suggest working on building a network of supportive, loving and generous relationships. Depending on the type of trauma you experienced, this is often easier said than done, because we can often get ‘programmed’ to cater to the needs of disturbed people as children (ie our parents and other family members) and then get stuck catering to the needs of other disturbed people when we grow up, who can seemingly spot us, and our frailties, from a mile off.
The following articles on my website could help give you some food for thought on the types of people to avoid, and how to build healthy relationship boundaries that will nurture you, and encourage your healing process.
The three rules of setting healthy boundaries
The seven types of negative people and how they're affecting your health
The last thing to tell you is that you definitely will heal with time, effort and a lot of self-love, acceptance and patience and by approaching the issue across all three levels as described above.
Q: You’re not a psychologist or psychiatrist, so why are you qualified to write this book?
A: Firstly, I spent the best part of three decades being severely and chronically depressed. My first depression happened when I was six years’ old, and throughout my teens and early 20s I had seriously depressed episodes that sometimes lasted a year or more.
In my early 30s, the depressions kind of morphed into a depressed-anxious state, and I started having troubles breathing and sleeping. At that point, I went to a psychologist for help.
The woman I saw was meant to be one of the top 10 shrinks in the country, and she definitely helped me with the panic attacks. But the depressions continued, and even worsened, as my life circumstances started to be even more stressful and complicated.
At one point, I was seeing 3 shrinks and everyone was trying to tell me that pills was the only way to go. But I felt instinctively that pills were just a sticking-plaster, and not a real solution. So I carried on digging and trying different things, until finally I started to get a real picture of what was underneath my depressions, and how to deal with them.
Using the three pronged God-based holistic health approach I set out in the book, I’ve barely been depressed at all over the last 5 years – and when I do occasionally still get depressed, I bounce back within a day or two.
I founded the Jewish Emotional Health Institute and went into private practice to start teaching and sharing my approach with others, and I also got certified in a bunch of different holistic health disciplines, including emuna therapy, aromatherapy and energy medicine, which informs the more ‘body-based’ areas of my work.
Q: Can you define your God-based holistic health approach to treating depression?
A: Sure, it’s pretty simple: Depression occurs for one of three reasons:
3. At the body level: Energetically, there’s two things that pull a person into depression: the Homolateral Energy State, and when the Spleen Meridian energy gets weakened or depleted.
If any one of these three areas are compromised, then a person is much more vulnerable to falling into depression.
Q: In your book, you come out with some pretty strong statements that are ‘anti’ anti-depressants. How come?
A: Conventional medicine (egged on by the pharmacology companies) is obsessed with finding a biological, or physical, solution to every mental health problem. They’re convinced that human happiness and wellbeing is just a matter of sticking the right chemicals into the equation. They rarely take into account that a person’s environment and relationships can actually cause physiological changes in the way their body works; and the idea that a person’s spiritual dimension, or soul, can have anything to do with depression is usually completely ignored.
People get depressed because something fundamental needs to change in their relationships, environment, belief system or life. I know it’s not PC to say it, but taking anti-depressants is just a way of ‘numbing the pain’. It’s not solving the long-term problem, and it’s questionable whether it’s even solving the short-term problem for a lot of people.
I’ve heard from many people who weren’t helped by anti-depressants, including one person who’s been taking at least 2 different anti-depressants for more than 20 years, but who is still so depressed they often can’t get out of bed.
When you add into the mix the fact that the ‘chemical imbalance’ that so many people cite as ‘the cause’ of depression is still a completely unproven theory, you get a situation where millions of people are being recklessly prescribed drugs – many of which have serious side affects – which often don’t even work, and aren’t helping the person to address the real causes of their depression.
Q: But many people swear by their meds…
A: There’s a growing body of research on the ‘placebo’ affect connected with anti-depressants. In a nutshell, when someone believes that something will help them, it often does. There’s mounting evidence that anti-depressants are as effective as sugar pills, in clinical trials - except the sugar pills don’t come with a huge bunch of side affects.
To come at the question from a different angle, when someone is in acute psychological pain, any medication that numbs that state or diminishes is will be experienced as ‘helping’ in some way. Sometimes, if the situation is particularly severe, ‘numbing’ may be the best route to go temporarily, to give the person some much-needed respite. But it’s not a long-term solution.
Q: So what is?
A: As I set out in my book, the problem has to be tackled across the three levels of body, mind and soul. A depressed person has to feel that they’re valuable; that their life is meaningful, and that everything that happens to them is for a reason. When we don’t have that context and we feel like our life is meaningless, that opens the door for us to get depressed as soon as we hit a tough patch.
The way you get that spiritual context is by involving God in your life as much as possible, in whatever way works for you.
Next, there are people and things in our environment that are triggering our depressions. If we spend a lot of time with critical, manipulative, blaming, angry people, uncaring, negative people, we’ll get depressed. If we spend time with people who encourage us to see the good in ourselves and in others, we’ll start to feel much happier.
The news is also a non-stop source of negativity and stress, and it’s also definitely tipping people over into depression. Lastly, looking too much at the ‘bad’ side of things, instead of concentrating on the good can also contribute to feeling depressed.
Then there’s the energy side of things. When the body’s energy is weak or compromised – by pollution, junk food, electro-magnetic smog, serious illnesses, a sedentary lifestyle, or other ‘shocks’ to the system, that can also cause depression.
Once you know what’s really triggering the depression, then you can start to fix the problem.
Q: Is it really possible to ‘cure’ depression, as you’re claiming?
A: Absolutely! On the condition that you understand what’s triggering it, and you take steps to minimize and avoid the triggers as much as possible. But usually, achieving that sort of self-awareness takes a lot of hard work, time and patience. Intellectually knowing that ‘critical people bring you down’ is one thing; being able to spot those people in your own circle, and to acknowledge their impact on your mental health, is something else entirely.
Ditto, getting enough exercise. It’s great to have the knowledge that regular exercise is more effective than meds at permanently beating depression. But actually going for a run, or showing up for the gym class doesn’t automatically follow-on from having that knowledge.
That’s really where talking to God comes in to its own. As long as you keep that relationship going, somehow you’ll start finding the way through the challenges facing you, and ultimately, it will come good.
Q: So ‘Causes and Cures of Depression’ is not a quick fix, but a serious program of inner work?
A: There are no quick fixes when it comes to serious emotional challenges like depression – and that applies across the board, whatever route you choose to deal with the problem. God always sends us our issues and problems for a reason. We need to dig deep, ask ourselves some hard questions, and look for the good that’s hidden in our difficulties. If we’re holding God’s hand, sooner or later He’ll show us the way out of the problem, and also what buried treasure we got from going through it all.
And once we’ve found it, nothing and no-one can take it away from us.
In keeping with the 3 pronged God-based holistic health approach that you’ll find on the JEMI website, and in my books like Talk to God and Fix Your Health, and Causes and Cures of Depression, any response to PTSD (and the depression, anxiety, BPD and DID issues it’s often causing) has to operate across all three levels of body, mind and soul, in order for it to permanently and effectively fix the root of the problem.
So, here’s my suggestions:
This one is pretty easy, as it’s the same advice for all issues, mental health or otherwise: start talking to God regularly about what’s troubling you, challenging you and hurting you, and ask for help.
Ask for the strength to deal with the problem at its root, the courage to do it, the clarity to know what’s really required, and the patience and self-acceptance to keep going, even when you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or completely exhausted and finished.
Trauma occurs when people feel threatened, that the world is not a safe place, and / or that their life is meaningless. A strong connection to God is the single best ‘cure’ I know of for resolving these fundamental feelings of futility, fear, anger and despair.
(If you want some help with this, take a look at the ‘How, what and why of talking to God’ pocket guide published by the Matronita Press. Click HERE to take a look.)
Mental and Emotional Level
The single most important thing you can do is to honestly identify who and what is triggering your stress. If it’s the Vietcong or ISIS that’s probably not so difficult. But if it’s a close family member (or even a few of them…), this could be the single most challenging part of your efforts to heal.
Remember, depression and anxiety (which are on the milder end of the PTSD scale) don’t just come out of nowhere. They are triggered, and the trigger in nearly all cases is spending too much time with nasty, uncaring people who make you feel worthless, dumb, and bad about yourself.
The following article can help you start to work out what’s going on:
7 types of negative people
And this article can help you start to put the appropriate boundaries up that you need to protect your mental health:
3 rules of healthy boundaries
(If you’re depressed, then the ‘Causes and Cures of Depression’ pocket guide also has a lot of additional advice and practical strategies. Click HERE for the link.)
You’ll also need to work on strengthening your three foundations of good emotional health, which are:
This article has more about that:
Three foundations of emotional health
And JEMI’s free Talk to God and Fix Your Health online course, modules 3-5, also has a lot of practical stuff and exercises specifically on this subject, to help you.
Another book that could really help you start to piece together what’s going on in your life and relationships, and why you’re reacting the way you are, is ‘Running on Empty’ by Jonice Webb, which does a great job of explaining the concept of Childhood Emotional Neglect, what causes it, what consequences it has, and some ideas for how to start healing from it.
If you want to go the more traditional route, then the following therapies have had some proven success with PTSD:
Energy psychology techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, or tapping), Tapas Acupressure Technique, and other meridian-based therapies including NAEM etc are hugely successful with getting to grips with the underlying physiological reaction to stress that keeps a person trapped in trauma.
See the JEMI guide to doing TAT HERE.
And this is the link I showed you a few posts’ ago, showing how EFT defused the severe PTSD of army vets in just a few short sessions:
Other things to try are applied kinesiology, and / or if you want to work on the energy side yourself, then the main meridian to focus on is calming down the Triple Warmer, which directly governs the flight or fight response underlying PTSD (and its associated symptoms).
You can learn a lot more about working with your own meridians by taking a look at JEMI’s free guide to strengthening your basic meridians, HERE. (You have to sign up to access it, HERE, but it’s completely free.)
Questions? Comments? Let me have them, and I’ll do my best to come back to you, if I have something useful to add.
I don’t know about you, but as I was reading through the symptoms for PTSD (in yesterday’s post), it struck me repeatedly how many of them describe many of the typical states associated with serious depression, anxiety, and even a couple of personality disorders.
Of course, this isn’t a surprise, because that’s exactly the theory that J. Douglas Bremner put forward (backed up with a huge amount of scientific studies and citations) in his book: Does stress damage the brain? Understanding trauma-related disorders from a mind-body perspective.
To sum it up, depression, anxiety, PTSD itself and some personality disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) are all just reactions to extreme stress, both acute and chronic.
Childhood can also be very traumatic
When people have been through a ‘Twin Towers’ type of experience, or some other obviously traumatic event like war, physical assault, or being stuck down a pit for 2 weeks, then the PTSD component of their subsequent mental issues and problems are much easier to catch and define: they are CLEARLY having a reaction to a trauma.
But here’s where the ball has been dropped: when people experience chronically traumatic experiences in childhood which are not overtly dramatic, and often not even recognised by the person themselves as ‘abuse’, they can still develop a stress response to the trauma they experienced, across the range of PTSD symptoms defined above.
At the milder end of the range, they’ll develop depression and / or anxiety. At the other end of the range, and particularly if the abuse or neglect occurred in early childhood, they have a much greater risk of developing a full-blow personality disorder, like Borderline Personality Disorder, or DID.
"100% of patients with DID met criteria for PTSD"
Let me give you some stats to back up what I’m saying. In Bremner’s book, he cites research showing that: “100% of patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder met criteria for PTSD.”
And this, from the APA website: “Research such as that by Allan Schore and others indicates that there has been abuse and / or neglect in almost every case where this is the development of a borderline personality. In fact, 91 percent of people with BPD report having been abused, and 92 percent report a history of neglect.”
When it comes to depression and anxiety, it becomes harder to make the links with PTSD because often, the problems in the family home – and the trauma experienced by the child - were more subtle.
They weren’t hit, but they were ignored. The basic physical needs may have been met – and they may even have grown up in the lap of luxury – but their emotional needs were completely neglected. Often, their parents were too emotionally immature themselves to have the time or inclination to really interact with their child.
Whenever they had a big problem or challenge come up, they were left to deal with it by themselves; they were repeatedly blamed or criticized for not being ‘good enough; they were mocked, ridiculed and publicly shamed. The good they did was taken for granted, and the ‘bad’ they did was magnified and harped-on.
There’s much more to say about this (isn’t there always…) but this segues in with many of the things I’ve already written about the epidemic of narcissism that I’ve already written about in a few other places, notably HERE and HERE. (Check out the Mind section of the JEMI Knowledge Base for a whole bunch of articles on personality disorders.)
But for now, let’s sum it up like this:
If you have:
What trauma are you reacting to?
The key to overcoming these conditions is to first work out what underlying trauma you’re reacting to (and even with ‘acute’ trauma, the people who go on to develop PTSD and its associated issues had usually experienced some form of ‘chronic’ trauma in childhood. Not everyone who goes through an acute traumatic experience develops PTSD et al.)
Once you have that part figured out (and remember that the verbal abuse and childhood neglect that you experienced as a child may be so ‘normal’ to you that you still haven’t identified it as being the source of the problem…) then you can try a number of things to alleviate the physical symptoms.
You can also work backwards, ie, use the energy medicine and energy psychology techniques I’m going to share with you in the next post to start defusing your physiological responses to stress. But if the ‘trigger’ for the stress is still occurring – your elderly mum is still phoning you up and screaming abuse at you, you’re still experiencing rage fits from the boss, your sibling is still writing you the most horrible, soul-destroying, hyper-critical emails – then clearly, the success of these techniques will be limited.
Below, I’ve cut and pasted the official symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the official PTSD scale, used by clinicians. You can see the full scale for yourself HERE.
But a word of caution: as we’ve been discussing, many mental health professionals are still unaware of the link between childhood physical and verbal abuse and PTSD, and that comes across loud and clear in the questions that are being used to assess trauma.
I’ll discuss this issue in more detail in the next post, BH, but it’s important to remember that:
PTSD doesn’t just happen to ex-soldiers, policemen or assault victims. It also happens, in spades, to many people who grew up in homes where they didn’t feel ‘safe’, and who were repeatedly scared out of their wits, threatened, criticized, neglected and verbally attacked by their care-givers – even if they weren’t physically hurt.
More on this in the next post. For now, here’s the official symptoms of PTSD:
PTSD Symptom Scale (PSS)
Foa, Riggs, Dancu, Rothbaum (1993) HCSATS 2/11
Below is a list of problems that people sometimes have after experiencing a traumatic event. Please rate on a scale from 0-3 how much or how often these following things have occurred to you in the last two weeks:
0 Not at all
1 Once per week or less/ a little bit/ one in a while
2 2 to 4 times per week/ somewhat/ half the time
3 3 to 5 or more times per week/ very much/ almost always
1. Having upsetting thought or images about the traumatic event that come into your head when you did not want them to
2. Having bad dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
3. Reliving the traumatic event (acting as if it were happening again)
4. Feeling emotionally upset when you are reminded of the traumatic event
5. Experiencing physical reactions when reminded of the traumatic event (sweating,
increased heart rate)
6. Trying not to think or talk about the traumatic event
7. Trying to avoid activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event
8. Not being able to remember an important part of the traumatic event
9. Having much less interest or participating much less often in important activities
10. Feeling distant or cut off from the people around you
11. Feeling emotionally numb (unable to cry or have loving feelings)
12. Feeling as if your future hopes or plans will not come true
13. Having trouble falling or staying asleep
14. Feeling irritable or having fits of anger
15. Having trouble concentrating
16. Being overly alert
17. Being jumpy or easily startled
Please mark YES or NO if the problems above interfered with the following
1. Work Yes No
2. Household duties Yes No
3. Friendships Yes No
4. Fun/leisure activities Yes No
5. Schoolwork Yes No
6. Family relationships Yes No
7. Sex life Yes No
8. General life satisfaction Yes No
9. Overall functioning Yes No
You know, even though I’ve been writing for more than two decades, getting a book reviewed is still a big deal (like, duh!)
The Online Book Club just posted up their official review of my latest book, the Causes and Cures of Depression, and I kind of read it with one eye at first, as it’s like when you get your big final exam marks back and you’re scared to look at them.
BH, they gave it an amazing review – 4 stars out of 4. I’m copying a bit of it below to whet your whistle, and then you can see the full thing by clicking the link below.
"I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. While reading the book, there were several times when I said in my head: “been there,” “thought that,” or “so true.” I definitely reflected on my own life as the text evoked specific memories. The author presents some interesting notions that I hadn’t heard of before.
Some concepts were weird upon first glance (like the idea of "Spleen energy") and others immediately made sense....
I’d recommend this book to those who have ever or are currently suffering from depression and need help managing it. I’d also recommend it to families, friends, or others concerned about someone with depression."
You can pick up a paperback or ebook edition of the book yourself from Amazon by clicking HERE, or you can also get the ebook via Smashwords by clicking HERE (Smashwords lets you pick the price you want to pay for it.)
As always, I’d be thrilled to get your feedback or questions on the book. Get in touch via email, or leave a comment at the end of the post.
Many people have already heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but have the mistaken idea that it only happens to Vietnam Vets, survivors of the Twin Towers, or other victims of terrorism and dramatically horrific events like car crashes or train wrecks.
PTSD often does occur as a result of these very obvious and unusually stressful and impactful events. But that’s by no means the only or even the main cause of PTSD in 2015. In a nutshell, PTSD can occur anytime someone is put under acute or chronic stress in their life, where they stop feeling like the world is a safe place and start to feel permanently on-guard or in danger, somehow.
When people get repeatedly bullied at work, they can develop PTSD. When they endure ongoing verbal abuse, including rage fits and harsh criticism, they can develop PTSD. If a young child’s emotional needs are severely neglected, ignored, mocked or repressed, they can grow up to be an adult who’s suffering from PTSD.
And the list of things that can potentially cause PTSD goes on and on: scary news headlines, local muggings, being laid-off from work, abusive or stressful relationships, even bouts of serious, chronic or incapacitating illnesses.
Most of the world is suffering from PTSD
In his book ‘Does Stress Damage the Brain?’ author and psychologist Douglas Bremner suggests that these days, most of the world is suffering from PTSD. He makes a strong case, backed up with scientific studies, that a combination of repeated exposure to things on the news like the Twin Tower attacks, and other disturbing situations, PLUS the enormous amount of verbal and physical abuse that many people experience in childhood (often, without realizing it) has caused a modern epidemic of PTSD.
The good news is that with energy psychology, energy medicine, and a few other therapeutic techniques, identifying and curing PTSD can often be done very quickly. To get a taste of what I’m talking about, take a look at this video which shows how the energy psychology technique called tapping, or EFT, was successfully used to help US Army post-combat vets suffering from severe PTSD regain their sanity.
Time and again, the Vets saw symptoms that had plagued them for years and in some cases decades, evaporate within a few days of doing tapping sessions.
You can see the video HERE, and it’s highly recommended viewing.
The link between PTSD, depression and personality disorders
Over the next few posts, I want to explore PTSD and stress more with you, and also share some very interesting findings that suggest that many people who are diagnosed with depression may actually just have a form of PTSD, often stemming from difficult childhood experiences that were never properly processed and dealt with.
Unrecognised PTSD can also be underneath other conditions including Borderline Personality Disorder, and Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID), amongst other things, because chronic or acute stress really can cause permanent changes in the way the brain works. But again, God has put a number of cheap, relatively easy ways of dealing with PTSD in the world, and over the coming posts, you’re going to learn a whole bunch more about the symptoms of PTSD, the problems it can cause, and most importantly of all, how to start healing the issue.
Stress can take shapes and forms; for some people, it’s killer deadlines at work. For other people it’s crazy relationships. And for me right now, it’s lunatic terrorists with knives who are running around trying to stab everything that moves in Jerusalem, my home town.
There’s been a whole bunch of stabbings literally a 5 minute walk from my front door, and that does get kinda stressful. This week, I was going to continue the Deeper Needs series on JEMI, but I’ve decided to bump that over to the Talk to God website instead, and you can see an in-depth post on the first deeper need, faith or belief, HERE .
Meanwhile, I wanted to share some more of my coping strategies for heavy-duty stress with you. Hopefully, people aren’t getting stabbed in your neck of the woods, but with ISIS, economic down-turns and crazy weather going on, we all need all the help we can get to deal with our stress more efficiently.
So without any further ado, let me introduce you to the Neurovasculars, and tell you how they can help you palpably de-stress in under 5 minutes.
(The following is taken from new book out next month, Talk to God and Fix Your Health: The Real Reasons Why We Get Sick and How To Stay Healthy, published by the Matronita Press.)
What your neurovasculars do
Your neurovasculars govern what happens to your blood and energy levels when you’re under stress, and they’re located all over the head, as well as behind your knees (for gallbladder) and the centre of the throat (for triple warmer).
When you hold your neurovasculars, they bring blood back to your forebrain, and away from the stress-inducing primitive brain area that’s being controlled by your Triple warmer meridian, as part of its fight-or-flight reflex.
Actively think about the thing or situation or thought that’s stressing you out, then hold the main neurovasculars gently with your finger tips (figure 1 in the diagram above).
You can also hold the main neurovascular points together with the points for other meridians, (as shown in the diagram) if you know you have a particular emotion you’re trying to work on.
You should feel some real, palpable relief within 5 minutes. You’ll know, because you’ll feel a pulse under your fingertips as the blood rushes back to your forebrain, and you can think clearly again.
(If you try this, please leave a comment and let me know how it went! I’m very happy to get feedback and to answer questions about the stuff I’m sharing here.)
In the next post, we’ll start looking at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, which is unfortunately becoming all too common today, even if you don't live in the Middle East.
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