Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has 17 commonly accepted symptoms. The symptoms fall into four categories: Behavioral symptoms, psychological symptoms, mood symptoms and sleep symptoms.
In terms of behavioral symptoms, people with PTSD suffer from a lot of agitation. They have a hard time relaxing; they are always “keyed up.” They have a lot of irritability, a lot of hostility, and they experience a lot of hypervigilance, which means they’re always “keyed up,” they have a hard time relaxing; they’re always expecting danger. They also suffer from social isolation because they have a hard time connecting with people. they exhibit self destructive behavior and even suicidal tendencies. This is especially prevalent among combat veterans. The last statistic that I saw said that 22 combat veterans nationwide take their own lives each and every day. That means we are losing one veteran to suicide every 65 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s absolutely staggering.
In terms of psychological symptoms, people with PTSD often suffer from flashbacks. Flashbacks are different from memories of the event, they are actually reliving the event, including all of the emotions that went with them. They also suffer from a generalized sense of fear, they suffer from severe anxiety and sometimes anxiety attacks, and suffer from a lot of distrust. They often feel betrayed; they can’t trust people.
In terms of mood symptoms, they often have a loss of interest in things they used to enjoy. Fun activities they used to do? They’re not interested any more. They often feel a lot of shame, a lot of guilt; a lot of combat veterans have been forced to kill children. They also suffer from a sense of loneliness, which stems from their inability to connect with people.
In terms of sleep symptoms, these people often suffer from insomnia, which means they can’t sleep. And when they do sleep, they have these horrible nightmares. Nightmares come from the part of the brain that is stimulated during traumatic events.
They often also suffer from a sense of emotional detachment and are plagued by unwanted thoughts.
So then the question becomes, “Mark, how do you help these people?” Well, as I’ve stated on the website, I’m neither a doctor nor a counselor. I’m not qualified to diagnose or treat PTSD. That’s outside the scope of my practice, but I can help these people. How?
A lot of them dissociate from their bodies. I can help them come back into their body in a safe way. Also, these people have a hard time feeling safe. That’s really a very core need that we all have. My Massage table is the safest place in the world; you’ll know it when you see it. I also host meditation events that foster a sense of equanimity. That means that you notice the thoughts and the emotions but you’re not caught up in them, so it gets into that underlying sense of bliss that’s underneath all the anger, underneath all the “what ifs,” underneath the memories and the flashbacks, just a pure sense of bliss. I’d be glad to share that bliss with you. Check my Events page and look for events where I can help you with that.
I’m Mark with Vital Touch; let me know if I can be of service to you. Thanks for watching.