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.