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Re: The shadows from the past (complex PTSD)

Posted by Michael D on April 16, 2004, at 10:59:24

In reply to Re: The shadows from the past (complex PTSD), posted by Ruru on April 15, 2004, at 21:28:47

Hi Ruru,

> Michael
> Thank you for the info. She was told at Menninger Hospital the best treatment was a trauma unit ASAP following the event.

What is a trauma unit??

> She was abused 20 years ago, started with symptoms 4 years ago and has been in therapy since. We(her parents)did not know until last year.

> Have you had the EMDR therapy?

No, but my brother has. It is fast becoming the primary form of trauma therapy.

The other major form of trauma therapy is abreactive therapy - more feeling focused. Seeing as you seem very interested, I would recomend reading the following books:

Scattered Minds: it's a book about ADD, but I find some of the information to be very helpful for PTSD.

I take for granted that your daughter is very knowledgable about abuse and healing. If she isn't one of the best things for her - and you - to do is read about it. A good beginner's book is "Breaking down the walls of silence" by Alice Miller.

There are many other good books specific to sexual abuse.

Your daughter may want to join
It's a support group for those going through Primal therapy. Primal therapy is an abreactive (feeling) psychotherapy. There are other sexual abuse victims there who have experience working through their trauma.

Lastly, I'd like to recommend, as an adjunct to the above, that you and/or your daughter read "Making Sense of Suffering" by Konrad Stettbacher and "Cure by crying" by Thomas Stone.

The four steps in "Making Sense of Suffering", in particular, are important to understand.

> Sorry for saying this but it really sounds too simple to be real.

I sort of think so too. This is why I am biased towards abreactive therapies.

I'm really sceptical about any psychiatrist who thinks the primary treatment for trauma is medication or cognitive behavioural therapy.





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