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The PTSD Brain Solution: New Hope through Brain Plasticity   

As we approached a workable Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) concept, we reviewed the basic history and nature of the onset. As most people probably remember we became as a profession of the nature of PTSD through the experiences of returning veterans from war and the terrible ordeals they faced from attempting to adjust to the horrible ordeal of war. Since then we have also become aware of similar turmoil from other situations, such as rape of women and abuse of children.

The symptoms are not difficult to note: Severe anxiety, especially in regard to any cue related to event or events of severe trauma. For example, loud noises similar to gunfire can induce panic attacks and reality to become blurred immediately so as to induce significant avoidant or precautionary behavior to the reality associated with the trauma, such as running for cover or even attacking another person thought to be the enemy. Other related symptoms are unwanted thoughts and dreams such that any type of restorative sleep or meditation is severely restricted. Due to the lack of “crazy thinking” and unstable emotions, social relationships, especially family, can be destroyed. Depression is a major factor and suicide attempts are not uncommon due to the devastation of one’s normal life and pleasures. 

Based on brain maps/scans we now have a foundation to develop workable and measurable protocols to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As such, the PNP Center developed its brain-based training model. One in which an individual can reverse the destructive elements of traumatic experiences and learn to control the emotional results of the insult of trauma.

Normal brain development is an amazingly complex and dynamic process that is influenced by precise timing of events within critical sensitive periods, beneficial environmental influences, and optimal gene functioning. Although many types of experience have the potential to influence brain development, trauma and abuse experiences are just becoming evident due to experimental animal studies and correlational human studies that provide evidence of the profound effects that emotional trauma has on brain development.

Of particular interest are the results of brain scans showing a severe lack of coherence from the frontal lobes to the temporal and other areas of the brain. The clinical inferences are that this represents the breakdown in integration of brain resources for the individual to naturally call on for mental aid in dealing oncoming stress cycles, such as creativity in problem-solving and making cognitive mistakes. Many victims resort to alcohol and pot-smoking to try to remediate the anxiety of loss of control, but actually undermine the process, making the poor coherence even worse. Bad judgment often can lead to poor choices and destructive internal dialogue.

The mixture of areas of challenge for one with PTSD can be very confusing and often leads to ongoing symptoms that even worsen with time without treatment. This complex opportunity to remedy the negative effects of PTSD is what the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center has undertaken. Below is the description of the treatment process. It is important for the person and his/her family to understand that recovery from PTSD requires a learning process, not a simple quick one-answer cure. 

PNP Center Assessment Process

The PNP Center 2-Day assessment is the starting place for persons with PTSD. Understanding the brain process, physiological aspects of stress, medical toxicity and imbalances, memory and cognitive performance, current psychological status and family support is essential to developing an individualized solution.

Read about positive outcomes for PTSD treatment through the use of the BAUD: Veterans use of the BAUD for PTSD

 

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Based on scientific foundation the treatment phase can be conceived as a multiple-step program. Although most people will note lasting results in fewer steps and some steps will be more important than others, the full PNP Center protocol will be described for clarity.

Step One: Control – The major complaint of individuals suffering from PTSD is lack of control. An individual can’t stop the thoughts of traumatic experiences, the nightmares, and usually can’t stop feeling emotional pain. This is what PNP coined a “stress storm” in which the individual feels trapped and often hopeless. Thinking and/or feeling like one is “going crazy”, often with reports of demons entering and controlling their minds, or restless and continuous thinking preventing joy and inner peace are prevalent.

Thought control or mental management skills can be taught with such exercises as breathing patterns, altering brain patterns directly with sonic and aroma influences, assuming body postures, acupuncture stimulation, cognitive therapy, mindfulness training and a number of other therapeutic educational approaches. These goals can be measured by clinical testimony, biofeedback, EEG differentials, or any number of objective cognitive tests.

Step Two: Release of Destructive Thought Habits -   Often as the brain is vulnerable for destructive thoughts and inabilities to cope, the result is a tendency to use negative self-dialogue. Guilt, depression, anger and other emotions can create a trap that can only go downward in mood management and self-confidence. These myths and internal conversations have to be confronted, dismantled, and replaced with a positive sense of self. Forgiveness of self is also be addressed. Using brain language of ceremony, symbols, physiological calming, exercise, nutrition, and exercises of affirmation the individual learns to release or “cleanse” himself of emotional baggage.

Step Three: Activation of the “Warrior Brain” - As noted in the discussion on brain function, the frontal lobe has to be stimulated in order for effective problem-solving to take place. When convoluted thinking patterns break concentration and lead to self-destructive thinking, this phase becomes important. Help can be accomplished with positive thinking coaching, power breathing, posturing with rhythmic balance, chewing gum, exposure to the blue light, and reconstructing positive memory selection.

Step Four: Balancing and Connection – This step involves balancing the brain so it can begin to coordinate with and within itself. In clinical terms, this is finding "the self". In essence, what is being accomplished in problem-solving terms is finding peace in challenges. This step is accomplished through self-confidence builders, creating inner communication networks with sound and body movements, and getting in touch with self- authenticity and one’s strengths.

Step Five: Stepping Out of Depression – Depression is often a normal step of recovery, however when depression becomes incapacitating or lengthy healing steps are needed. Although this step might have been accomplished earlier, there is the tendency, especially among women, to turn inward for nurturance. Men may express depression with more irritability. By trying to protect themselves, one often does not find the compassion from their vulnerable brains. It is important to learn how to energize the brain with positive frequencies and create a life plan to earn the joy and accept the honor and privilege of life. Through correct brain stimulation into the joy centers, the spirit of life can find optimistic hope for the future.

Step Six: Sleep and Restoration – Too often the restless brain can become its own worst enemy and insomnia is the chief complaint leading to the fatigue and depressions that occurs. The brain and body require restorative rest for healing to occur, but much of these skills were never learned in life. Through associative learning and an ordered process, the individual will learn to sleep with quality and duration that will result in less physical and mental stress or pain.

Step Seven: Reconnection with Others – When a person has been traumatized, there is a state of betrayal that has to be overcome, although the trauma may not even be anyone’s fault. It may be of a variety of loneliness in which no one understands the emotional upheaval that has taken place or it might be that the individual feels so isolated in experience. Fears can be manifested here on both sides of a relationship. This step is the reentry back into the community. It is most helpful when all parties can participate, but this may not be available. The individual has to learn how to trust, whom to trust and how to be aware of and protect sensitivity from behaviors of withdrawal and hostility. These phases can be accomplished through listening skills, expression of feelings-not situations, and activities which “grows” relationships.

The Spiritual Aspects of Challenging PTSD – How PTSD can actually serve as a spring board to higher realizations and skills. Experiences can make one stronger or weaker, spiritually. It is the mark of healing when at least one positive conclusion can be made from the experience.

 

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