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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Most people who experience or witness a traumatic event will suffer psychologically as a consequence; it is entirely natural for the person to need time to adjust, to allow their memories to be processed and filed, and to allow some sense of ‘normality’ to return to their everyday lives. However, for some people this day does not seem to come. They continue to experience flashbacks of the event during the day and distressing dreams during the night. Unwanted thoughts, images and memories come to their mind when least expected and they may attempt to avoid thinking and talking about what happened and avoid visiting people and places that remind them of the tragedy. They may also experience heightened physiological arousal, for example increased heart-rate, shortness of breath, difficulties concentrating, being easily startled, highly irritable and have difficulty sleeping.

For these people the traumatic event remains ever-present in their mind and it is possible that they may suffer with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another trauma-related difficulty. Who will or will not develop such persistent symptoms is incredibly difficult to predict as they could happen to anyone. PTSD does not discriminate - it does not target the weak or the vulnerable, the strong or the most privileged - literally anyone can suffer as a long-term consequence.

PTSD is generally considered to be a ‘memory-filing’ difficulty, where the brain itself is considered to be having difficulty processing aspects of the event and cannot therefore file it in long-term memory. As such, many therapeutic techniques aim to help the brain to process and file the memories. Exposure to the traumatic events is an essential feature of most therapeutic approaches. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are two such approaches, as is the ‘Rewind Technique’.

The Rewind Technique is an imaginal exposure technique based on the principles of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). It was introduced by Dr. Muss in 1991, who has had continuous and overwhelming success in treating people with trauma-related difficulties over the past 22 years. The ‘Rewind’ offers a way of reducing (and often permanently stopping) the distressing involuntary recall of events (i.e. the flashbacks, nightmares and unwanted thoughts). Generally, this can be achieved in just a couple of sessions and, unlike other techniques, it does not require the individual to disclose any details of the traumatic event to the therapist. Therefore, this technique causes minimal distress to the individual and also reduces the fear of having to disclose sensitive information, which has been found to be particularly beneficial to Military service personnel. (please visit www.davidmuss.co.uk for more details).

I have been trained by Dr. Muss in delivering this technique; my Doctoral Thesis was based on trauma-related experiences and I have worked with many people who have suffered the consequences of traumatic events. If you feel I could be of some help to you or a loved one, please do contact me for free advice.