Treating PTSD and The Obstacles You Will Be Facing

Keywords: Treating PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by its very nature, is complex. When you have crossed a certain threshold, where you would have had sufficient resilience to gravitate back to health after trauma, your condition becomes toxic to body and mind.

PTSD is that psychosomatic toxicity. When you are stretched too much, you snap, resulting in a variety of signs and symptoms that can be very persistent, even while going through treatment for PTSD.

Symptoms depend on the severity of the ordeal(s) that you have already gone through, but the most common one is moving from a low to a high freeze response. Basically, this is where your nervous system still remains in the upsetting event or periods that have set off the post-trauma condition in the first place.

The Highs and the Lows of Treating PTSD and Its Symptoms

Your low will be marked by depression, lethargy, thoughts of suicide, unworthiness; your high will be marked by anxiety, hypervigilance, digestive issues, mistrust, and anger. When the high goes into overdrive at some point, dissociation or a freeze response will likely kick in, making you feel numb, disconnected, and indifferent.

When you have crossed a certain threshold, where you would have had sufficient resilience to gravitate back to health after trauma, your condition becomes toxic to body and mind.

All these different signs and symptoms of PTSD will repeat themselves cyclically and most often will be infused with memories, possibly without specific relation to the past, but projected and reenacted within one's current life situation and/or relationships.

Effectively treating PTSD is challenging, both for the client and therapist. It is delicate and persistent work where vulnerability and boundaries must repeatedly be renegotiated and explored.  Because most PTSD sufferers have strong ties to patterns that have been initiated in childhood, often related to neglect and abuse, the complexity in addressing the various signs and symptoms increases exponentially.

Choosing the Right Helper in Treating PTSD

It takes experience and insight on the part of the helper to safely guide the PTSD sufferer through the minefield of the "hurt" body and mind. Knowledge and education are certainly essential for professionals, but the cornerstone of  success is in being able to hold the sufferer's psychological space in the present without deviation, and having thoroughly put their own personal houses in order.

Trust and reentering relationships are big issues for the PTSD sufferer. Considering the variety of signs and symptoms of PTSD that there are, this makes a lot of sense. Your vulnerability and sense of safety and control are very likely to have been already compromised, hence the onset of your post-trauma condition.

It's imperative, therefore, that you choose wisely; feel doubtful throughout, take your time; read and investigate what the best approaches are before you start treatment for your PTSD.

How is treating your PTSD going for you so far? Leave your comments below.

  • Mosephus says:

    So far it is beginning, that at least is a first step allowing me to feel the inkling of freedom from depression and self destruction.

  • K says:

    It’s not, I’ve just given up after 6 months of trauma focused cbt, I don’t think we even got to the cbt part, I stopped going, frustrated and disillusioned

  • Kristin SK says:

    What is your view on the use of therapeutic MDMA for PTSD? Does it really help in the long run? Or are you an addict by the time you dare to face the monsters?

    • Roland says:

      I think if you do it under guidance with someone knowledgeable it can be very effective and powerful. If you enter in this process consciously I don’t think addiction to mdma is going to come in.

  • Karan says:

    Roland I have been using your meditations for 6 months and am still unable to develop containment around my activation when trying to observe my physical felt-sense. I find that the meditations are leaving me fully triggered and in more distress than I felt before I started. Don’t get me wrong, i think they really help me to get in touch with the felt-sense but I can’t seem to disengage when it ends. I end up in full blown hyperviligent mode. I have a counsellor and we seem to do some great work and yet I have anxiety attacks everyday and night. Cognitively I am understanding the mechanisms well but somatically I am getting nowhere.

  • Tam says:

    I’ve struggled with cptsd and dissociation most of my life. I’ve been in and out of therapy most of my adult life. After an auto accident and mild tbi in 2018 everything became exponentially worse. I am in my second and somewhat different neurofeedback therapy. Any suggestions are welcomed.

  • Ann says:

    This makes so much sense! I wish my now former therapist had read this. He actually screamed at me in frustration that I wasn’t “trying hard enough” when I would have these periods of what I saw as going backwards. His yelling at me made me feel like I was a failure and threw me back into a depression deep enough I thought about suicide.

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