A common sense approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD. What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD? Sometimes referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSS. It is a powerful memory or impression in one’s subconscious mind (memory) with a powerful emotion attached. The combination of a powerful memory with the attached powerful emotion is what makes this so impactful to one’s life. Sometimes the event is so disturbing that the conscious mind will bury the memory so it cannot be consciously recalled to protect the psyche from overwhelming pain and emotion.
All things are recorded in the subconscious mind and whether or not they can be consciously recalled, they are still there and have the same impact to the individual. The memory will keep surfacing until resolved. The event is so traumatic that the conscious mind is unable to process – at the time of the event or upon re-surfacing. The psyche will defend itself by denial, disassociation, “going to another place” alternative de-stressing behaviors such as alcohol or drugs…
To alleviate PTSD it must first be identified, the event brought to the conscious and the memory and emotion “released”. The emotion actually has a physical feeling associated with it and that is how you “feel” the “release” working. The process may take time, but the “unease” associated with the traumatic event gradually disappears. Talking about it (therapy/counseling), helps identify the issue but does nothing to relieve it – it may even reinforce the trauma making it stronger. That is why the natural response is to ignore or not want to talk about it. This is only half of the solution.
The Release Technique was discovered by Lester Levenson, a dying 42 year old physicist who despite all his knowledge and success, had destroyed his health by stress. Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and UCLA Universities researchers validate effectiveness of Release Technique Program.