PTSD Part 1: Why Would You Want To Know About This Disorder?
I love to learn, so when this workshop came up on my list of possibilities and a group of friends were going to attend I went along for the connection opportunity. At the same time, I have found myself asking several questions nearly every day and truly wanting answers.
Dr. Jonathan Shay is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating the psychic wounds of war. He is also the author of two books, “Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character” and “Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming,” which examine the experiences of combat veterans through the lens of classical texts. He lives and works in the Boston area. The US Army Chaplains presented this program to other chaplains and medical personnel.
- What is it that I need to do to heal myself of mildly elevated glucose numbers?
- The second question, is in the face of so much distrust and deception why are voters disregarding all the evidence and fixating on their old “blankies” for making decisions?
- And there is a third personal question of why two particular candidates, in my sphere, produce more anger in me than when I discovered I was talking to a child molester.
This workshop about wounds of the mind began answering my questions. There was a great deal to think about in this information for me.
Why would I think my readers would want to know about this information? There are thousands of men and woman and families who are inflicted with this syndrome and just as after every war every community will be coping and a part of the healing process for these individuals. We all want to support our troops. I think one will read here that I believe this involves more than just our warriors, but nearly everyone. I hope you will feel free to jump into the conversation and share your thoughts and ideas.
Definition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
It is a moral psychological injury to the whole person = physiological, psychological, social and cultural wound and it can kill you if it is not treated quickly and with knowledge.
Quick recognition and response is vitally important in a leg wound and Medics race to control “hemorrhage” and “infection” to prevent death and limit the disability. In PTSD, the healer must first identify the wound and then race to keep “vigilance” and “withdrawal” (shutting down of all emotions) from killing the victim and to limit the disability and promote healing.
It is a wound which is a severing of the entire individual’s ability to trust, attach, love and causes a deregulation (loss of control) of their ability to use their emotions – it is a Betrayal.
What is a complex moral injury? It is where the following three factors come together and it can happen to anyone:
- Betrayal of what’s right in the culture you are attached to, especially for your survival
- Betrayal by someone in a position of legitimate authority
- Occurring in a high stakes situation (war is one of the highest stakes situations known)
PTSD can be a simple wounding or a complex wounding both effect the entire human system and the whole community/environment.
Complications: Sleep deprivation, withdrawal, drug and alcohol abuse, and can lead to violence and self, social and environmental disruption and destruction.
Part 2: Who gets it? Posted tomorrow
Please help me with my integration of these ideas – Please feel free to make comments.