Military Veterans PTSD Reference Manual - Chapter 4

Veterans PTSD Reference Manual

Chapter 4 (Partial Only)

Non Traditional Treatment: Professionally Assisted

Section I. GENERAL

04-01. General. First let me state that I AM NOT a Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist or Psychologist, nor do I hold any special training in the medical field. The topics discussed here are provided as possible additions or alternatives to "standard" PTSD treatment, and some of them may be considered "standard" at your place of treatment. Always communicate with your Doctor before trying any treatment not specifically prescribed by him/her. If you have no doctor I advise you to visit your nearest VA Treatment Facility as soon as possible and begin a supervised program.

I have tried some of the treatments listed here and will share my results as I go. Each of the treatments have been used to treat PTSD, although they vary in popularity and success. This chapter offers summaries of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) technique and EEG Driven Stimulation (EDS) and Neurofeedback. With that mouth full, lets begin...

Section II. EMDR

04-02. General. EMDR stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing". This revolutionary and controversial new trauma treatment technique was discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro in May 1987, as she was walking through a public park. In her book Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures she shares [While on my walk] "I noticed that some disturbing thoughts I was having suddenly disappeared. I also noticed that when I brought these thoughts back to mind, they were not as upsetting or as valid as before….I started paying very close attention to what was going on. I noticed that when disturbing thoughts came into my mind, my eyes spontaneously started moving very rapidly back and forth in an upward diagonal [motion]."

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