PTSD has been known by different labels in past wars. In the Civil War, it was called “Soldier’s Heart.” There is an excellent organization by that name on the East Coast which helps Veteran sufferers. In World War II, they called it “Shell Shock.” Finally, today PTSD is considered an actual disease syndrome. It is pandemic among our returning warriors and we need to address this problem. Drugs can give temporary relief but they are not the final answer. A recent New York Times article attests to the downside of such pharmaceutical approaches. We need to provide other modalities and therapies.
“Stress Release for Veterans” CDs I and II is a self-help adjunct to conventional and complementary approaches. It provides a whole developmental track for the healing process because the relaxation affirmations do sink into the psyche upon repeated listening. It is clear common sense and cognitive & behavioral advice to help individuals with PTSD to recognize and release trauma-related thoughts and beliefs.
There are many ways for the conscious mind to access and modify depressed or anxious states. Sufferers see the relationships between thoughts and feelings and can practice new ways of perceiving their situation. They learn to recognize any negative self-talk and the triggers that set off bad feelings and memories. Deeper self-observation exposes their “hot buttons.” Most of all, they connect with their entire body’s network of feel-good hormones until a new baseline of wellbeing pervades their mental and emotional outlook.
The PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulator has also been shown to affect mental and emotional imbalances. The Mayo Clinic was the first U.S. medical facility to study PEMF in 2002, and offered it for treatment after FDA approval was granted in 2008. Columbia Univ. Dept. of Psychology has done a study on PEMF and depersonalization disorder (DPD). Cedars Sinai did a depression study at the Thalian Mental Health Center in 1998. The greatest amount of studies of PEMF and depression has been done in Israel.