Created: Monday, 07 October 2013 00:24
Last Updated: Friday, 27 September 2019 15:40
Written by Andrea Steffens
Traumatic Stress – medically induced
After finishing a grueling year and a half bout of treatment for colon cancer, "Elizabeth" began having some very bizarre symptoms (to her). She was emotionally erratic, explosive, anxious, and afraid to leave home, easily startled, had nightmares and was paranoid – afraid everything would hurt her. She didn't sleep well and she, who was/is a very social being, was not interested in seeing her many friends. Yes, she was depressed but it was more than that. Her husband, a Vietnam vet recognized her symptoms as fitting the profile of PTSD. She looked for and received trauma treatment because traditional counseling is not a good fit with PTSD. Traumatic Stress symptoms are created by a brain locked into survival -- telling the story in a prescribed way ameliorates or eliminates symptoms. And why? You will learn that in our class.
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