Emotional Flashback Management in the Treatment of Complex PTSD


This is an excellent article by Pete Walker that discusses emotional flashbacks in Complex PTSD.

 

Read the article:  http://www.psychotherapy.net/article/complex-ptsd

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5 thoughts on “Emotional Flashback Management in the Treatment of Complex PTSD

  1. Cannot tell you how much I appreciate you liking my post, and then pointing out this link. It makes me feel better just reading it. I wish you luck with your project. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Roxy. I really appreciate your posts, the emotion that you express is something that I struggle with. I have a tendency to repress mine (from others) and just punish myself with my thoughts and feelings.

      Like you, I have dissected the most intrusive aspects of my condition… why do I feel this way? what triggers it? what can I understand about myself or my experiences that will help me put these emotions to rest? …. so many questions that deserve answers. Like you, I needed to understand my mental behaviors… obsessive internal counting, obsessive crushes, obsessive analysis of any topic that catches my focus, my inner critic, my need to feel some sort of physical pain to feel connected, zoning out… getting to the heart of why my head acts this way helps me knock down these ‘brain drains’ one at a time.

      I plan to share all of this in my book.

      I will share the cold truth of my self-medicating as well. Yes, I do believe that medical marijuana can help… but the trap of any medication is that is becomes the only ‘treatment’ used. And then, it is often used only to dissociate from the symptoms and the underlying mental conflicts. That has been my trap. Most people consider it addiction — myself included — but I feel that there is a critical requirement of healing the triggers and symptoms that must be achieved before the addiction can be resolved.

      My preference for marijuana above all other forms of prescriptions and self-medicating substances has come from the experience of the user. My worst battles with suicidal ideations and actions came while using prescription psychiatric medication. Alcohol only brings out despair, anger and hopelessness. Marijuana calms me and lets me explore my memories — if I choose to — without feeling I have to attach myself to them. It calms my obsessive and compulsive behaviors, helps me sleep and helps me keep food in.

      There will be a time for me to leave it behind. Maybe there will be a second book in that, we will see.

      Thank you so much for your encouragement. Thank you for sharing your story. We need this healing.

      1. Yes, I totally agree with all of your comment. I am currently taking Sertraline, and have had the same effects from using medications as you (I was once admitted to hospital for suicidal idealism/hoarding medications etc whilst taking medications).
        I think I was self medicating my PTSD symptoms with my eating disorder. Now that I am a healthy weight, I am totally bombarded with PTSD symptoms.

        I still have trouble opening up about my emotions, and have trouble realising when I am having a flashback as most are emotional. However, I have found blogging extremely helpful in opening up thanks to lovely comments and encouragement from other PTSD sufferers (there seem to be a lot of PTSD sufferers with eating disorders).

        I totally agree with you about the resolving, rather than repressing symptoms. I am constantly told by some doctors, that I should be constantly, “taking your mind off it” but I have found this, personally, leads to absolute despair.

        I have never tried marijuana, I don’t even think the medical version is available to us here in the UK. I am currently also abstaining from alcohol, as I found I was beginning to use it as a crutch and it would lead me into a “hyper” alertness state, which sometimes would indeed lead to anger and well, rage.

        Thank you again. I really appreciate your comments.

  2. Im 48 and have been suffering from Complex PSTD all of my life. I can well rember manfestations of it at 2-5 years old. Its has been a panful and terrrifing trip. I have ben diaganzed with everyhting from Bipolar II, to Borderline Personality Disporder, to Attachment Trama, to Addandonment Depression. I am just finding out the ways that this trama has affected my work and relationships. I wa once a sucsessful scientist, now much more humble living on disability. So much I could say but want to comment on alchohol and marijuana. I have been a solid drinker most of my life, never addicted but it sure has lead to all kinds of problems. Fights, hangovers, mood irregulation. Its is really a terrible drug, but very unfortunately the only legal one. Cannibis has been a life saver for me. I have used it much less than opitmal because of its prohibition and sigma. But is often been the only medication which works. I have tried them all. 22 Dr. prescribed meds, and typically many at the same time. As with any medication cannibis can be overused, and you need to learn about dosage. But is, or can be effectual. I highly recommed its use for PTSD. Move to a state where if it is leagal, and put your life back together. You are worth it, and you can have a good life,

    1. Mike, I realize that it’s taken some time to respond. My apologies. Marijuana has definitely helped me in my recovery process. At the peak of my symptoms, after a psychotic episode, I was put on a range of psychiatric medications. I felt broken and disconnected, both from the psychosis and from the treatment. As I started to improve, I made a decision to stop all medications one by one, including those I took for pain and treatment if my endometriosis. That left only marijuana. I use it for pain, anxiety, for my sessions where I pick apart memories and find a place for them. I use it for almost everything, but it is not the best treatment for depression, I find.

      I wish it was legal here, or at least approved in my state for PTSD, but it isn’t yet. I hope that some of the work I am trying to do will help raise understanding about my marijuana supported therapy works.

      Thank you for sharing.

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