PTSD Treatments and Therapies

As most who follow my art and blogs know I have had Complex PTSD from early childhood.  It wasn’t until the West had been at war in the Middle East for over a decade that the treatments for PTSD took centre stage in public health.  Finally, we are seeing real progress in the treatment and prevention of trauma not just in those who serve but in those who have been exposed to significant life altering trauma that historically has left us disabled, unable to function and locked in isolation. In my next post I am going to write more on NEUROCIRCULATORY ASTHENIA or as Mendez Da Costa (1833-1900) called it “irritable heart”.  PTSD isn’t simply an injury to the brain it affects our entire bodies, especially our electrics, our auto-immune systems and ultimately, I believe it can kill us.  This post however will focus on the MOOD DISORDER/PSYCHOLGOICAL aspects of…

EMDR: The Chemo of Psychotherapy

The paramedic held my head in his hands, large gentle hands, and with soft kind eyes looked down at me lying on the floor where I had fainted.  “You know you need help, don’t you?” The hangover from hell, when I come round that’s when the ‘xplaining has to begin.  The deft dodge of direct questioning that I am expert in.  How much mopping up do I need to do this time?  At 22 years old I was already adept at figuring out quickly whether this was a situation I could recover or whether I just needed to get the hell out of town; try again somewhere else. It was a get of town situation.  No amount of deft dodging could wipe the fear and anxiety from my friends’ eyes, they had heard too much of my flashback.  Somethings cannot be unheard, once that genie escapes there is no shoving…