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Monday, May 16, 2011

"BIG Bait"

(some) Solutions to PTSD’s
(according to FRED)
Please do not confuse any of these as “easy” to solve; many are very intricate and are interwoven into the mind.
Group A: Anger, Depression, Negative self image, Survivors guilt, Hyper alertness, suicidal feelings and thoughts, Fantasies of retaliation and destruction. These are related to feelings;
Feelings are fickle (they are variables and have no ‘volume control’; BUT they are “controllable”).
Group B: Cynicism and distrust of government Authority, Alienation, Isolation, Poor concentration, Tendency to react under stress with survival tactics, memory impairment, Hypersensitive to injustice, Loss of interest in work or activities, Problems with intimate relations, Difficulty with Authority, Emotional distancing, High Risk Employment and Recreation.
These are “choices” you can adjust with work and effort; you are in charge of what goes into your mind.
Group C:  Sleep disorders, Psych0logical and Emotional Numbing thoughts, Flashbacks to danger and Thoughts.
These are the most difficult to work with. You have to learn how your mind works on various inputs.
All the above listed symptoms are all conditions which are “solvable” to the point where a person can take control of these conditions. You have to first want to work with them!
Group A: These are controllable items that a person has trouble with.
1)    Anger: Anger is usually generated by ‘thoughts’; when your mind wanders around and comes across a ‘thought that generates rage’; you get angry. Most often this is a result of an “I” generated thought (a self centered idea).  
2)   Remember, these are thoughts! You are in control of these ‘thoughts’ that come into your mind. If it is something you do not want to think about, “get rid of it”!    I am not talking about a train coming right at you; I am talking about a thought! You can change a thought by saying Jesus (3) times and asking for His input! Or, ask yourself, what would Jesus think about when this happened? Now you have put your mind on a different ‘track’; now route that other ‘thing’ out of your mind.
Group B: You are in charge of what goes into your mind. Yes, you have had a lot of input come into your area; but you’re the one that filters it and sends it to an area where you will deal with it. Suppose a very ugly, foul smelling person asks you over to dinner? Are you going to go? NO! Not even, then why allow them to take up space in your thought patterns?   
1)    Cynicism and distrust of government Authority.
This may be a good thing! Remember when you were young and a friend you trusted betrayed you? You lost that ‘blanket’ trust element of that friend and when you make new friends, you have a ‘built’ in mechanism to allow yourself to only trust them with small things until they have ‘proved’ their trust level to you. Why would you trust something that does not care about you personally?
A little cynicism may be a good thing.
2)   Always remember “you are in charge” of what goes into your mind. I mean what stays in your mind. It is when you begin to focus on your Cynicism and give it more attention than it deserves that you get into trouble. The same would apply if the Government said it was invoking ‘Martial Law’ and you thought it would not affect you (very wrong).
Group C:  Sleep disorders, Psychological and Emotional Numbing thoughts, Flashbacks to danger and Thoughts.
1)    Dealing with the sub-conscious mind is the most difficult of conditions.  These disorders are inside the mind and not “just cast out”. Picture if you will a very small table top (6 inches by 6 inches) and a board laying on top of that table. This board is 3 feet by three feet; now all the stresses are just thrown on the table. When anything bumps that table, it begins to fall over and all the stuff crashes down to the floor, causing an emotional disaster. Sometimes of epic proportions.  
2)   These items (the stressors) need to be arranged and placed order. Into some form of high Archie. Most stressors are just ‘lumped together and thrown into a corner and not ‘handled’. Now, let’s look at a squad of men in the military, (no training) and everyone was issued gear and they all just came in from getting all their gear and throwing it down in a corner. Think of what it would look like if all of a sudden; they are called into action and had to go out the door “Ready to fight”! Absolute kayos! This is what a person who is suffering from the psychological stress is dealing with.
3)   We as councilors have to come into their lives and provide the guidance to “organizing” their process of dealing with their stressors.   
Now I ask you this! Why is it that many of the very highly trained and skilled fighters have fewer problems with PTSD’s? Some do, and this no reflection on them. I believe that it is because they have ingrained in their discipline to have everything in order at all times. This is seen in their self discipline. If you were to ask their close friends and co-workers, they would tell you that these people were always “ready”, they were not uptight, but very organized and took care of their equipment at all times.
Let’s look at a person who is physically fit, healthy, and in good shape. This is no accident. It is a combination of choices. They have chosen what is important to them. Those of us who have made the decision to be slack in our discipline pay the price for our lack of discipline.   

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