Did you know that EFT for PTSD is one of the best approaches to take for this condition. In January 2016 the US Military announced they are going to introduce AAMET International’s EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for their counsellors working with their service people regular and veterans. EFT has been involved in a number of studies, formal research or otherwise over the last 20-yrs and is gaining ground in terms of the results it delivers.
My connection with PTSD
My close interest in PTSD came from my Uncle, John who when I was a kid, would be mentioned in hushed tones, because… As a child (in the 1950’s) I was given one phase; your Uncle John came back from WWII shell-shocked or other references we shudder at today. And with that the subject would change, just like himself dismissed and clearly very misunderstood.
As his siblings married and started family’s of their own, he stayed in his parents family home, and when he died, at a ripe old age, the family sold the house.
From shell-shock to PTSD, as an energy practitioner I now know differently, and at some point the condition changed from being one that dare not speak it’s name into being a set of symptoms that is taken seriously and can be addressed, progress at least!
The symptoms can be so far-reaching and it’s probably the bench-mark condition in terms of mainstream mental health, that if PTSD can be fully addressed, then other more influential bodies; governments and medics will be more open to learning how this can change. Symptoms of PTSD may include any of the following:
- addictive behaviours
- re-experiencing the memory
- feeling on-edge
- emotional numbing and avoidance
- drug and alcohol abuse
- gut problems
- chest pains
- social withdrawal
What’s the approach now?
I watched a BBC documentary during the summer that created shock-waves in me. They cited case after case of men in their mid-twenties where each had suffered the trauma of seeing a close friend blown up on the field-of-combat, who came back to the UK suffering with the fallout of that experience.
They mostly started with symptoms while out there, although symptoms are said to take up to 7-yrs to appear (in META-Health terms we understand that trauma related symptoms have no specific timescale, so the assertion probably indicates it’s the longest recorded period of at least one person’s experience [before they noticed symptoms] and it may not have been a military trauma that brought about the assertion).
But suffice to say the symptoms can take as long as it takes anyone to notice them who has undergone severe trauma and built a wall of protection, even numbness away from feeling anything. And in connection with that they could be demonstrating a range of other behaviours, compulsions and symptoms that haven’t even been connected as being part of the same deeper issue. The subconscious mind is what Crocodile Dundee might well refer to as a slippery little sucker and that’s it’s job.
The programme, the soldiers featured did have symptoms following their trauma yet their case notes failed to follow them from the military back into civilian life so there was no continuum. And all these cases ended in suicide, one such man was L/Sgt Dan Collins, who left a video-note by his body for his family to learn about his feelings of hopelessness with no wish to burden them.
The documentary highlighted three mothers of sons (including Dan’s) who having joined forces went to Downing Street to present what the three specific areas they identified for change:
- That units address the focus on men being men with nowhere to turn to have their emotional needs met when they’ve witnessed a traumatic event
- That medical records follow them from the battle field into the NHS on their return home
- That the MoD follows up on all soldiers once out of the military after their service is completed
With recent suggestions of returning to a mandatory military service requirement, in the UK, the government / MoD better get it’s act together. The documentary asserted that more men die from suicide, on return from active service, than die on the actual battlefield.
It also showed that in the US for instance, the government has a duty of care on the return of their military, whereas the UK just leaves ex-soldiers to fend for themselves, which was also reflected in the percentages of ex-military diagnosed with the condition.
Figures of soldiers diagnosed with PTSD are higher in the US because they keep tabs over a longer reintegration period, indicates how much more responsible their approach is in comparison.
Some ex-military become homeless because they’ve suffered trauma on a scale that fortunately few of us encounter, and can find it very challenging to fit back into their previous life. What’s more partners, wives, children and families aren’t sure how to accommodate them on their return, which further exacerbates symptoms.
It’s shabby to say the least, in how we treat ex-vet’s at present, but there are better approaches that need further support and implementation. Hats off to these staunch mothers, because their passion will shame the-powers-that-be to sit up and take notice, and I believe it was their sense of urgency that got the documentary made.
NB: This post did go on for another 1000 words with information about what is happening in the world of EFT in relation to PTSD and the current research, but having done something really silly that lost it, I’ll leave the rewriting of that one for another day!
However, that said I will add a recent post I saw on FB, which I’d saved for the very end of the original post, is a speech given by an ex-soldier in the US military.
This conveys his personal lessons in how he feels used, a puppet of every government agency that promotes war and segregation only to find innocent men, women and children as innocent as anyone of being the so-called-enemy. Perhaps if we looked instead at how these same agency’s prevail on society’s insecurities of festering fear, sadness, guilt, and anger we might get a little nearer the home truths.
What has it come to when it falls to the bereft mothers of ex-military servicemen and women, to guilt-trip the government that sent their similarly innocent children to war in the first place, before that government will sit up and take notice?
Do they then have to teach these agency’s the rules of common decency just as they taught their children before them, having themselves turned into the enemy that sent their children back from the front, in an emotional heap.
Whatever happened to The Hero’s Welcome, that instead they experienced a reintegration too stark a contrast to cope with alone, where their war experience was too hard to break free of. How are they meant to survive an experience we’d rather not spend time even thinking about? Somethings got to change! EFT works incredibly well for PTSD but at the moment people have to ask for it.
Instead of turning it on, and blaming others, we need to take an account of the example we are setting in our immediate families, broader society, at work that emanates out into the world. And if we notice there’s room for improvement (and who doesn’t have room for that) we may just have to be prepared to be the bigger person that decides to become part of the solution rather than adding to the self-perpetuating issue of blaming others through bigotry and hatred.
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