CES for PTSD Therapy

CES treatment in PTSD should have a pronounced effect in that PTSD symptoms always increase when the person is under stress of any kind. Also, the research with CES in phobic patients indicates that phobic fear can not be experienced while CES treatment is in progress, and at least for a time thereafter. It is the panic felt by patients when the phobic areas are roused, with the accompanying uncontrolled system-wide sympathetic physiological arousal, that gives them their greatest fear and dread. To have CES
available during those times of panic should be very immediately helpful, and contribute markedly to a longer term cure as those feelings of helplessness dissipate or habituate via the continuing use of CES.

For this reason, it has been suggested that the use of CES during desensitization therapy, a therapy found very effective in treating PTSD, should allow desensitization therapy proceed at a much more rapid rate, and possibly be much more effective if it reduced or eliminated the fear while the desensitization was in process..

If nothing more, CES should reduce or eliminate many phobic areas within the personality, allowing the person to come down from his hyper aroused state and begin interacting in more areas of his life’s normal experience once again. That would be a type of desensitization therapy process on its own.

Clinical experience has shown that PTSD patients initially never go out without their CES device handy for use at a moment’s notice. The presence of the device gives them a needed feeling of security they can not get in any other way.

How much treatment is required to produce these effects with CES? Patients respond to differing amounts of CES treatment, depending on which of their neurohormonal systems CES is intended to rebalance. While effects begin to be felt from the first treatment, almost all patients are expected to come back within normal homeostatic limits with 30 minutes to 1 hour of treatments every day for 14 to 21 days, depending on the availability of any required neurohormonal precursors in their diet, their level of activity and so on.6

References:
1. Jarzembski, W.B., S.J. Larson, and A. Sances Jr. (1970) “Eval
Following are key research abstracts that pertain to the prevalence of substance abuse in the US military and the need for non-drug therapies; conclusively proving that there now exist no conventional safe and effective alternatives; i.e. drugs for treating this condition:

Adler DA, Possemato K, Mavandadi S, Lerner D, Chang H, Klaus J, Tew JD, Barrett D, Ingram E, Oslin DW.
Psychiatric status and work performance of veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan;62(1):39-46.
Source: Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.

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  1. Champagne

    I was in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970, and was diagnosed with PTSD in 1992. I satrted treatment at a Vet Center immediately after the diagnosis. I got weekly individual therapy for a few months; then they added bi-weekly group therapy, then weekly group therapy, and finally, as I got a handle on things, I shifted to weekly group therapy with supplemental individual therapy as I felt the need. I stayed in therapy there for 17 years. The Vet Center didn’t save my life; it gave me the guidance I needed to save my own life. It was hard, sometimes, but I’d found brothers I trusted, and I never felt like I was alone in the work. Once I satrted opening up and talking, I noticed I felt a bit lighter each session, and it was as if someone was gradually turning the lights back up to normal. Over the years, I learned coping techniques. I’ll never be who I was before Vietnam, but that’s okay now. I like the man I’ve rediscovered in me. I learned so much at the Vet Center that it sometimes amazes me. I know this: every one of us is different, and they have to try stuff on us to see what works. The best thing you can do for yourself is to find a counselor you’re comfortable with, and let them guide you. No one magically has your answers, because no one knows you. The best they can do is offer techniques that have worked on others, even if what works looks like junk science to some. Ignore the anger-mongers who tell you it’s all lousy, all ineffective, all junk science , all politics. That’s just their frustration coming out. Give things a chance to work. Question why they’re doing what they’re doing. Be an active participant in your therapy, and follow the suggestions you get. If you give one thing a chance and it doesn’t seem to work, ask to change to something else, but, please, give the treatments a chance, and go in with an open mind and a hopeful spirit. It’s all in your attitude: if you go in convinced that you can’t be helped, you’ll be right. If you go in convinced you CAN be helped, you’ll be right.Prepare yourself this is gonna hurt. Stuff that was buried comes up, and it may not be easy to relive. But it gets softer each time it comes up, and eventually the stuff that comes up is just history, not horror. But you have to give it a chance to soften.Just keep trying. You’re a warrior, and you’ve done incredibly hard stuff, and dragged yourself through tests that mere mortals can’t pass. You’re still here. You’re a wounded warrior, but you’re still a warrior, and the spirit that took you through the hard stuff before will carry you through the hard stuff of healing. Give it a chance, and, more than anything else, keep trying. You’re worth it.

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