Pillar 2- Treat the Root Cause
No one can take away the trauma, but there’s hope of getting back missing parts of your life.
With the array of treatments these days, it’s possible to recreate a life that feels balanced. Learning new techniques will give you emotional control and strengthen your relationships, creating real connections.
Recovery from PTSD is gradual and ongoing. You’ve likely created repetitive coping behaviors, and it may feel natural to suppress the memories and avoid talking about the past. But constant avoidance gets exhausting and could cause you to explode at inconvenient times. It will ultimately harm relationships, your ability to function and the quality of your life.
Finding a way to get to the root of your struggle is the key to overcoming that sense of helplessness keeping you anchored to anxiety. so please know that reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness or failure.
Learning to accept what happened to you is easier with guidance and support from an experienced therapist or doctor.
Here’s a list of treatment options that are common starting points:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a common form of talk therapy which focuses on identifying, understanding and changing your patterns. Working with a mental health therapist regularly has been deemed the most effective treatment of PTSD. Used alone or with other therapies, CBT helps participants to become aware of their own patterns and thinking so they can respond to challenging situations more effectively.
CBT is most effective when it’s combined with other treatments such as medications.
Physical reactions, such as heart rate, perspiration, blood pressure, breathing and temperature, are usually elevated in someone with PTSD. By recording these physical reactions, a therapist can help you learn to relax your nervous system and improve physical and mental health.
By measuring and mapping out your brain waves, you discover which activities cause your symptoms, so you can train your brain to function in a healthier pattern. Research shows this painless and non-invasive treatment may sharpen focus, relieve anxiety, enhance mood and improve behavior without medication.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
A form of psychotherapy, EMDR involves processing upsetting trauma-related memories, thoughts and feelings. While focusing on a sound or a movement while thinking about the memory of your trauma, a therapist will guide you to shift your thoughts to more pleasant ones. The goal is that your disturbing memories will become less disabling.
Videos by Gabor Mate
How our emotions affects our cognitive behavior
Renowned physician and addiction/trauma expert, Dr Gabor Maté explains that humans can either be in defense mode or growth and learning mode, but never at the same time. He says that in order to grow, and to learn, we have to feel safe emotionally and able to be vulnerable to our wounds.
When the Body says no
Dr Gabor Maté discusses the connection between emotions and your immune system and how suppressing your feelings can lead to disease and sickness. He shows us how we have the capacity to heal our bodies if we also have the courage to sit with our pain and to understand its manifestations.