Posts Tagged ‘C-PTSD’

Whose afraid of a body system?

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Circulatory system: Carries oxygenated blood throughout the body.
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Respiratory system: Exchanges life giving oxygen and eliminates carbon dioxide.
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Nervous system: part of it; Adrenal response mechanism is tasked with defence, preparing us for a perceived lethal threat.
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None of these systems have fear inside the mechanism.
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I am not afraid of my circulatory system or my respiratory system!
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Why am I afraid of my nervous system then?
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Or the adrenal response mechanism (fight, flight or freeze mechanism)
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Why?
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It does not have fear inside it,, we add our own fear with a storyline.
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Please do not be afraid of a body system or mechanism! That would be irrational!
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If we asked a 1,000 people “what is happiness” ?

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How many would describe status, power, possessions, achievement?
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External things are not happiness.
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How many would describe happy or happiness as something we carry with us, something that endures for days, something that has a peace of mind quality?
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How many people think happiness can be achieved?
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How many would mention giving to others as a source of happiness?
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How many would think lives like Robin Williams or Phillip Seymour Hoffman were happy ones.
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How many would find happiness in difficult situations, stressful situations?
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How do you describe happiness?
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Hypothetical question: if we sent fully aroused C-PTSD people (clients) to 100 therapists, how many would heal?

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As lay people we have no clue, the real chances we face.
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My guess would be less than half. Many variables here, clients participation and willingness to take action also influence healing.
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Any input?
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The healing model formed by insurance, DSM and therapists of seeing a client once a week, does not seem optimum for healing either, better for billing and filling a calendar, getting paid. Complex PTSD needs more attention in the first couple of weeks.
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Let’s face it, if we do nothing during the week between our therapists visits, that hour has little impact. It takes half a session to review, catch up and see what stuck. Hard to impact serious PTSD like this.
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What odds do we face?
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Why the secrecy in the mental health industry? …..We are in the dark as consumers!

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Try and find out background on a therapist.
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Impossible, it is hidden on purpose, as everything else.
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Try to find out what clients think about a therapist?
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Try to find out how successful a therapist is?
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Try to find out what therapies are most successful?
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Good luck.
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Why are therapist not considered life coaches? They are the mental Gurus, no? They get paid like they are.
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Emptying the amygdala, integrating implicit memory,,, …….. …… What would be the consequences?

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Can we look from a global perspective, not just the impact on trauma or anxiety disorders, but the impact on so called normal individuals.
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What about the masses who resist trying, risking, living full out because of fear of failure, peer pressure, not wanting to be ridiculed, past memories and events, avoiding criticism or maybe not wanting to feel awkward or uncomfortable?
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Hard to pursue happiness, when its direction, location is unknown.
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Ships are safe in the harbour but that is not what ships are for.
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Can we insert, “Our Life” for ships?
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We can feel safe, never risking, never living fully, but that is not even close to happiness!
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In conclusion: mindfulness practice can alter healthy lives, enriching them exponentially with minimal effort.
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Simplicity,,, something that has taken over my life!!!

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Born out of a space of seven years, incubated at a Zen centre for five of them, steeped in five hours a day mindfulness practice, simplicity emerged.
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Meditation and all it’s emotional connotations, connections to robes, religion, monks, cults, etc. we’re dropped in favour of a breathing exercise, a focus practice, a learned simple skill.
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The breathing track is just that, like a running track, a place to exercise our breath with maximum focus, and minimum distraction.
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Mindfulness/Meditation has been distilled down to a simple, powerful core skill.
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With this focus skill you can:
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Empty your amygdala of implicit memory,
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Slow the nervous system,
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Deplete adrenaline and cortisol,
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Let go and stay present,
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Feel more positive, more connected, more peace of mind, more calm in time,
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Change the mind/brain drastically,
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Our goal,,,, to endure with a smile, some days….

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Whether we meditate constantly or not, life is not some easy flowing, joyous, celebration everyday.
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Some days, enduring real loss or navigating negative situations with a smile, is all we can accomplish.
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Life is far from easy at times, look around and see the intense suffering in our present time.
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I realize how lucky, how much gratitude I have, compared to so many of the needy in my small city.
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Being able to let the strife, the stress, the ugly part of life fade, allows me to be present, to live this moment, freely.
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We need resilience and tools to ensure and survive life’s critical moments.
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