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:
- Exposure therapies (systematic desensitization, imaginal exposure, in-vivo exposure)
- EMDR (an early forerunner of the (in my opinion….) better energy psychology techniques I’ll describe below.)
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.