Escape the Horror of PTSD and Unresolved Trauma

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Traumatic memories can follow you around for decades. They don’t fade the way normal ones do, but continue to hurt when they are recalled. The memories of unresolved trauma and PTSD feel very present and threatening as if it only happened yesterday. Yet normal memories fade into the past, and lose their emotional sting. And traumatic memories can also be made to fade away, with the right approach.

A personal story of trauma

Two days after my 20th birthday, a very dear friend took his life. The shock and horror of his death haunted me for decades afterwards. Although the extreme distress I experienced in the first year gradually subsided, the pain of the memory never left me, and in fact it returned with a vengeance on the 35th anniversary. During those years I had months and months of counselling, and eventually I was lucky enough to find a counsellor who used EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) which did succeed in bringing my distress levels down considerably. But even then the memories remained painful.

Why do traumatic memories hurt so much?

However if I could have reprocessed those memories fully at an earlier stage, my life would have been quite different. The emotional sting of traumatic memories is due to the disruption of their processing by the hippocampus, a part of the brain which is involved in the transference of short-term memory to long-term memory. The hippocampus is especially sensitive to stress so highly stressful events may lead to memories retaining their immediacy long after the event.

PTSD

The most severe type of trauma may lead to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). In PTSD, the sufferer experiences intrusive thoughts, nightmares and flashbacks, and may become depressed. Very often the pain or horror of the memories may drive the person to alcoholism or other addictions. The stress, depression, nightmares and flashbacks may in turn result in fatigue and potentially loss of employment, divorce, and even homelessness. Yet all of these symptoms can be brought to an end by means of a coaching technique, The Rewind Technique .

Like EMDR, the Rewind Technique leads to the reprocessing of painful memories so that they lose much of their emotional power, and cease to cause distress. However while EMDR may require multiple sessions to process a single event, the Rewind Technique only requires one session per event. Although of course trauma that occurred over a long period of time (such as child abuse, an abusive relationship or workplace bullying) will need several sessions.

If you would like to find out more about trauma or the Rewind Technique, please call 01234 409538, or email me: sorrel@oxalisosteopathy.co.uk