TRAUMATIC STRESS RELIEF

Treatments: 

EMMP - Eye Movement Memory Processing (treatment on this website)

The process starts by visually following eye-movement exercises on your computer screen while focusing on a specific traumatic memory. This repeated focus on the memory during the eye-movement exercises allows the brain to “process” each memory and the feelings attached to it. When this happens, the memory fades or may disappear permanently. The stress an anxiety fade with it.  Independent research showed 61% fewer PTSD symptoms after program use with clinically diagnosed veterans with PTSD. Followup showed continuing relief and further symptom reduction.

Cognitive Processing Therapy

At first, you'll talk about the dramatic event with your therapist and how your thoughts related to it have affected your life.Then you'll write in detail about what happened. This process helps you examine how To you think about trauma and figure out new ways to live with

For example, maybe you've been blaming yourself for something. Your therapists will help you take into account all the things that were beyond your control so you can move forward, understanding and accepting that, deep down, it wasn't your fault, despite things you did or didn't do.

Prolonged Exposure Theory

 

If you've been avoiding things that remind you of the traumatic event, PE will help you confront them. It involves eight to 15 sessions, usually 90 minutes each

 

Early on in treatment, your therapist will teach you techniques to ease your anxieties when you think about what happened. Later, you'll make a list of the things you've been avoiding and learn how to face them, one by one. In another session, you'll recount the traumatic experience to your therapist, then go home and listen to a recording of yourself. 

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

 

With EMDR, you might not have to tell your therapist about your experience. Instead, you concentrate on it while you watch or listen to something they're doing -- maybe moving a hand, flashing a light, or making a sound.
 

The goal is to be able to think about something positive while you remember your trauma. It takes about 3 months of weekly sessions.

Stress Innoculation Training 

SIT is a type of CBT. You can do it by yourself or in a group. You won't have to go into detail about what happened. The focus is more on changing how you deal with the stress from the event.

You might learn massage and breathing techniques and other ways to stop negative thoughts by relaxing your mind and body. After about 3 months, you should have the skills to release the added stress from your life.

Medications

The brains of people with PTSD process "threats" differently, in part because the balance of chemicals called neurotransmitters is out of whack. They have an easily triggered "fight or flight" response, which is what makes you jumpy and on-edge. Constantly trying to shut that down could lead to feeling emotionally cold and removed.

Medications help you stop thinking about and reacting to what happened, including having nightmares and flashbacks. They can also help you have a more positive outlook on life and feel more "normal" again.