PTSD Recovery Tip: Try something you don’t think will work

I know, I know, it sounds crazy to suggest that in the chaos of PTSD symptoms and posttraumatic stress syndrome recovery work I would suggest you do something way outside your comfort zone, and maybe even outside the norm of what seems plausible to you. And yet…. going outside of your comfort zone and what seems plausible may be just the thing to jumpstart your creativity, relax your mind and move you forward in previously unexpected ways.

I’ll give you an example from my own journey:

Greg (my therapist) says the body knows things beyond the mind, and that sometimes the body knows more. So we pose questions to which we gauge my body’s response by muscle testing. I hold my arm at a ninety-degree angle to my body. Greg places his palm on the top of my arm, just above the elbow. He asks me a question and presses down on my arm. The strength with which I resist allows us to assess the strength of what I believe, or the weakness. In a way, we read my mind according to my body’s responses. Since I don’t trust my body, and my mind always feels like an addled, unfocused mess, this method isn’t easy for me to believe. (BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED)

Honestly, I thought Greg was crazy, hokie, woo-woo and just toooooo way out there for me. But at the time, I didn’t have anyone else to turn to for support or help, so I gave in to his suggestions. I never, ever thought they would be effective!

You can imagine my shock and surprise when the muscle testing and our work with EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique, Thought Field Therapy and Tapas Accupressure Technique all combined to actually alleviate my acute case of fibromyalgia, lessen my depression and got me back to work after a long period of isolating myself at home. (You can read more about these energy processing techniques here.)

In the end, what I learned from this is the value of trying something in recovery that you may not believe in. We tend to stick to what we know. After that experience, I trusted the individual helping me and didn’t worry so much about what I thought of the efficacy of the treatment. I experienced the same situation later in my recovery when I tried hypnosis: I didn’t believe in it, but I did believe in my hypnotist. It was a good thing I did: hypnosis was what finally led me to total freedom!


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This week a doctor from Life Extension Magazine will discuss how a holistic supplement can help get rid of unwanted memories. Then,  I’ll be chatting with a humor specialist about how she reconnected to her funnybone after trauma.

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PTSD Memoir News:

PTSD Memoir Jacket ImageExciting news: my PTSD recovery memoir will be released on April 25th! I can’t believe it’s so close.

I began writing while I was still deep in the PTSD dark – and didn’t stop writing until I came out into the light. Once I began to speak it brought such a sense of release I just couldn’t stop. I think this was a huge benefit  in my recovery as it allowed me to face things instead of avoid them.

You can read a part of how I healed posttraumatic stress disorder today by downloading a part of the book here. We’re in the process of designing a bunch of goodies just for you when you book is launched. More details to come but I’ll share this with you today: there will be many free gifts offered from professionals who are donating their time and resources to help you move forward. I just love when the community comes together!


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