Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Every element of negative emotion has elements of PTS
What is PTSD, why create a label in the first place.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have been through or imagined, witnessed and or experienced outcomes of a traumatic event
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PTSD is a relatively new Disorder, in that it is a recent recognized and or diagnose-able medical condition. When I say recent I mean in the terms of the label itself. However PTS has always been here, we don't need a label or a degree to tell us this. However the most awesome aspect of being a recognizable condition is that individuals no longer have to hide themselves away in shame, they can proactively seek help (and that's the greatest thing that has arisen in recent times)
Let's go out on a limb and state a few things. Yes some are going to want to hit me for this but its time we looked at Post Traumatic Stress from a different perspective. Whilst I understand that the field of medicine wants to create labels for things (which is fine), as I know they have a need to label this set of circumstances as PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Lets put the above aside for the moment as I want to approach this from a different perspective, but please realize that I am not here to minimize anyone's condition and or set of circumstances.
Post Traumatic Stress
Looking from an EFT perspective I am going to say that almost all types of negative emotions have at their core Post Traumatic Stress.
Now does this mean that someone having lived through the events of war or child sexual abuse is the same as someone with a negative emotion caused from a dog bite at the age of 8. Of course I am not saying this, but I am saying that all events have varying degrees of intense negative emotions and reactions to those emotions.
So someone having been bitten by a dog at the age of 8 and whom has now installed an intense fear of dogs is indeed suffering from post traumatic stress.
Just as someone having experienced the effects of war and whom is waking up with dreams or has a heightened state of awareness around loud noises is also suffering from post traumatic stress.
Why do I consider all forms the same
No I don't consider all forms of post traumatic stress the same, that is to say I wont sit here and try to suggest that someone diagnosed with PTSD after a wartime experience is the same as someone diagnosed with PTSD after having experienced years of child sexual abuse.
To be diagnosed and given the label of "PTSD" means one has seen the appropriate individual whom has xyz qualification to label it as a Disorder.
But being an out spoken bastard I'm here to say that with or without the label, everyone is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, from an EFT Perspective. From my personal experience with helping many many individuals over the last decade release and let go of intense negative emotions I have come to the conclusion that they all suffer from Post Traumatic Stress.
I use the same approach
I came to my conclusions only after many years of involved sessions with clients. Did it really take that long, no it didn't, but I hadn't totally become aware until years down the road.
I realized that from an EFT Perspective, that is to say that when using EFT to help an individual overcome the effects of Post Traumatic Stress I use the same approach with EVERY Client.
Yes that's right, the SAME approach.
I have seen a lot of women over the years whom are suffering from the events of rape and child sexual abuse which occurred 10, 20 or even 30 years earlier. Are they any different from someone having been involved in war or having witnessed war time events.
There is no difference as I approach ALL circumstances the same, with care, love and comfort. Then I get into why they are here, to let the crap go. That's it, there is nothing else to say. EFT works, why it works is open for debate, but many in the medical industry are now realizing this and you don't need decades in therapy, you can overcome this negative defeating life altering crap after only a few sessions.
Imagined or Real
I also want to say something else. Could it be that I have come to my conclusions from a very broad perspective, as after all you cant say that someone feeling that mummy doesn't love them because she never gave them a lollipop at the age of 5 is the same as a wartime event.
Your right I would agree with that, they are not the same, yes I do come at both of these from the same angle, but they are not the same. But they both have elements of trauma, whether this is imagined or real.
You see the mind is an incredible machine, which links events to other events to other events to other events and so on. Because of this I have found, witnessed and experienced individuals for example having suffered child abuse whom have also linked those events with moments such as not being given a lollipop. They are two different sets of circumstances yet they are the same in the mind of the individual, everything is ALWAYS linked.
Thus whether an experience is real or imagined, a small event like a dog bit, or events such as rape, war or abuse, I deal with it in exactly the same way and treat everyone as suffering from post traumatic stress.