Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Explained

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Explained

Understanding PTSD helps to release it.

The process of PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a combination of past events and anxiety. Reliving the past in the present moment as the trauma continues not to be processed, the brain will continue to relive the trauma again and again, in an effort to try and process the past event. Trauma is a process, to maintain trauma a person must do certain things to maintain the event in the here and now.

Trauma from the past

There is a certain pattern which distorts to continue the trauma. Anxiety and intolerance of ambiguity (not knowing the outcome) project the trauma from the past to the present moment.


Intrusive thoughts and not knowing when these thoughts of the trauma will return “flashbacks” make them feel at the mercy of flashbacks.

Feeling trapped

Feeling trapped and injustice with trauma holding the event the perpetrator responsible and letting go of the trauma is “letting someone get away with the injustice that was done to them” they may also describe the event as “it has ruined me forever”.

Psycho education can help

Excessive ruminating thoughts, going over and over again, how it could have been avoided making them feel trapped in the past and can add to the trauma if they come to believe that they are to blame in some way. Psycho education will create an understanding that the past no longer exists.

The triggers

Their thinking cannot change it. Avoidant coping triggers that create the traumatic memories, smells, sounds, objects or words can be alarming triggers.


Neuro Linguistic Programming

The use of NLP can distort the memory of the trauma making hard for the client to access the trauma, the memory and creates distance and distortion as if watching a fuzzy TV screen making it distorted to the point the event cannot be visualised or in the case of it being a voice the voice changes to be humorous, that of a cartoon character or to have a different accent French, Scottish, Irish, changing the voice to absurdity cancels the access to the cycle of trauma.

The Gordian Pillars of PTSD

The eight pillars represent how Post Traumatic Stress is present in thought patterns. The pillars are broken down to remove the thought processing leading to anxiety and depression due to past traumatic event, using NLP to dissociate from the trauma, creating distance and replacing the intrusion with absurdity helps distort the orientation of trauma.

Intrusive Thoughts -Flashbacks/Triggers; an event causing anxiety and trauma with past orientated depression of the event, feeling at the mercy of triggers which replay the trauma in the present takes them back to see, hear, feel, smell or taste can be triggers back to the event. They may avoid any situation which may recreate the past event as holding them hostage, language like “It/they has/have, ruined my life” living an injustice by what they witnessed or experienced.

Avoidant Coping Style- avoiding situations and escaping from environments and decision making to cope rather than facing the things they have been avoiding to not be reminded or relive the past trauma.

Global Thinking- taking one experience and making one total rule from a past event or experience that turned out negative, all or nothing thinking, example; “I can’t see a way out”, “I’m always reliving the event (trauma, life event, experience) nothing will ever change.”

Internal Orientation-believe in their negative imagination memory stored how they contributed to the past experience, predicts the future negatively based on the event, trauma that happened to them, language “It has ruined me.”

Ineffective Compartmentalization- Excessive Rumination / Emotional Frame, repetitive thoughts running playing over and over causing a negative emotional thought process of the event/trauma. Letting the emotions rule rather than thinking and sorting outside of their negative frame of mind creating a negative reality for all of their future.

Low Tolerance for Ambiguity- Poor Risk Assessment, Not knowing constant uncertainty language such as “What if?” determining all the probable outcomes as negative. Unable to think outside the probability rather than the possibility and the need to know or predict the outcome of a situation. Making the need for control, to be out of control.

Sense of Injustice-Trapped/ Stable Attribution; have a sense of feeling stuck in the past what happened to them as if in the present moment feeling trapped and have no way out. The event cannot be erased they are at the mercy of the injustice of what happened to them, or what they have experienced or witnessed.

Past and Future Orientation- Depression/Anxiety; depression can be present along anxiety leading to negative future orientation. Depression is dwelling on past events and focusing on experiences that went wrong/right or no good will come again, them times have gone. Also use the negative perception of the past to judge what will happen in the future. Anxiety if there is a possibility that a positive outcome is real, the thought pattern expectancy is to not accept a positive outcome at all in any future situation.

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