Tag Archive: hyperarousal

Jan 20 2016

How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life Part 2 – Activation of the Nervous System

PTSD sabotaged my efforts to get dental treatment for 8 years. This article goes a little bit into the story of my struggles finding a dentist and covers how experiencing activation of the nervous system was such an impediment to achieving my goal of having all my dental issues resolved. PTSD, The Dentist and Me …

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Mar 22 2015

Novocaine Zombie – A Poem About the Frequencies of Terror of PTSD

Novocaine Zombie – A Poem About the Frequencies of Terror of PTSD 95-100 sheer terror blown apart stretched far beyond the perimeters of self a plaster explosion of me solidifies while screaming ( silently ) frantic …………….stillness ………. )I( ……..feeling-less (can’t) hot whiteness )see( ………. within…………this………….endless…………….moment all life is suspended in a super-sonic flash in …

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Jan 17 2015

Grounding for Trauma Healing – Two Ways to Ground Using Pressure

I love using pressure for grounding. In the above illustration, I show the way pressure can sometimes help to dissipate intense activation in the nervous system. The red lines in the picture represent “activation” – upset, distress, fear, panic, terror, or other kinds of chaos and overwhelm. The activation can be provoked by a memory, …

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Sep 23 2014

The Slowed Down Thinking Exercise

It’s time to slow down that fear-based thinking! When we are hyped up or keyed up, we tend to think at a fast pace with a high level of urgency. We may feel as if our thoughts are racing out of control or going round and round in circles. Of course, this is not a …

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Jul 03 2014

All About Self-Regulation – Learning To Manage The Hot and Cold of PTSD (Pendulation Article 2)

As I wrote in Pendulation Article 1, I have been doing the Pendulation Exercise lately because of dealing with a lot of triggers. Here are some of my own results from doing the Pendulation Exercise: Sometimes after about 10 minutes of doing Pendulation I feel a 30% reduction of activation. Sometimes there is a moment …

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Apr 06 2014

Rapid Resolution Therapy – Visual Symbols (Session 2)

Here are some visual symbols that came up for me as a result of my second session of Rapid Resolution Therapy. Terms related to generating images of inner states: active imagination, visualization, symbolic representation, guided meditation, visions, visual intelligence The Three-pointed Flame – Symbol of Freedom, Clarity and Wholeness I saw a symbol of a flame …

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Apr 03 2014

Rapid Resolution Therapy – Visual Symbols (Session 1)

I went to my first session of Rapid Resolution Therapy. In this post I am going to share some of the images that came up for me as part of my healing process during and after the session. Terms related to generating images of inner states: active imagination, visualization, symbolic representation, guided meditation, visions, visual …

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Jan 06 2014

7 PTSD Feedback Loops

In the book I have been working on, The Art of Healing Trauma (tentative title), which chronicles my healing journey through PTSD, I identify 7 Feedback Loops that act like quicksand, pulling one further into PTSD even as one desires to find one’s way out. This needs further research, but feedback loops could be one …

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May 03 2013

Trauma Healing Exercise – Body Awareness & Art

This exercise combines Somatic Therapy and Art Therapy. I have gotten so much from doing somatic therapy for PTSD. Although I am an artist, I have not yet explored expressive arts therapies for PTSD (art, dance, music etc.) In this exercise the main healing mechanism is somatic, however the art component enhances the somatic component …

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Oct 08 2012

Flash Rage – Anger After Trauma is a Sign of Healing

What is anger? How can those recovering from trauma use anger proactively as part of the healing process? How can we distinguish between anger related to developmental challenges (for example anger due to abandonment as a child), versus anger lodged in the nervous system after an impactful traumatic event (“fight response”, “flash rage”), versus anger …

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