Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – EFT Offers New Hope For PTSD Relief

Most people who suffer from PTSD have experienced a traumatic interruption of their sense of reality. This violation of one’s normal sense of safety and well-being brings along intense feelings of fear, horror and helplessness, overwhelming the coping strategies for everyday stress.

Unable to discharge the awful intensity of the experience, the psyche responds by trying to repress and isolate the memories. A kind of emotional quarantine is established, producing something like an emotional cyst. The walling off of the trauma may be necessary just to get on with day-to-day tasks and survival. Unfortunately this process requires enormous amounts of psychic energy to maintain, and is not usually very successful.

Often PTSD sufferers find themselves triggered by small, seemingly inconsequential stimuli-anything from the sound of an engine backfiring, to a particular scent or the expression on a stranger’s face. These seemingly innocent stimuli are tied to the original memory and cause a breach in the protective wall. This may set off flashbacks, or episodes of anger, depression, insomnia or self-destructive behaviors.

In an effort to prevent this triggering, PTSD sufferers may become reclusive, obsessively avoiding certain situations or people. This list may grow over time, severely restricting normal activities. They may turn to alcohol or other numbing agents, in an effort to shut down their “fight or flight” reactions. This often leads to a downward spiral of dysfunctional and deteriorating relationships.

For some, the effort to maintain the repression will begin to cause memory problems, lethargy, trouble concentrating or emotional numbing. So much effort is going into isolating the trauma that little energy is left for normal life.

Unfortunately, most forms of traditional therapy offer little or no relief from these symptoms. Because they rely heavily on the client remembering, verbalizing and discussing their memories and feelings, most conventional therapy runs directly counter to the client’s desperate need to stay safe through repression. Sometimes well meaning therapists may do more harm than good by strongly re-triggering memories and strengthening the related neural pathways.

One treatment method that has demonstrated very promising results for PTSD relief is EFT (emotional freedom techniques). EFT or “tapping” operates on the premise that all negative emotions are a disruption in the body’s energy system-the same network of energy meridians that acupuncturists use.

Instead of using needles, the EFT practitioner has the client tap on specific acupuncture points with their fingers, while undertaking a systematic process of focusing on emotions, physical sensations and recollections. When applied properly, the technique most often provides immediate relief. Repeated rounds of tapping often bring about a complete discharge of the negative emotional intensity associated with a particular memory.

The memory itself is not removed, and in fact may become more clear and detailed, however the accompanying feelings (fear, guilt, anger, or horror for example) simply seem to disappear. Attempts to re-stimulate these feelings by recalling the memory in ever-greater detail are generally unsuccessful. Follow-up, even months later typically shows no return of these negative feelings.

One great advantage of the EFT process is that there are several well-established procedures that enable trained practitioners to carefully discharge memories without re-traumatizing the client. All certified practitioners are trained in the “tell a story” and “tearless trauma” techniques.

EFT is also a remarkably effective method. To fully discharge one specific memory of a traumatic incident may take, on average, anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. These seemingly miraculous results are possible because EFT addressed the root of the problem: the disturbance in the client’s energy system, rather than in the memory itself.

As specific memories are discharged one after another, a “generalization effect” begins to take place, and similar memories begin to lose their intensity automatically. In other words, if a soldier has 100 traumatic war memories, it may only be necessary to tap on ten to twenty of them for complete relief.

EFT has been used effectively for combat vets, police, fire and EMTs, victims of sexual assault and other forms of violence, survivors of natural disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks and childhood abuse. As traumatic memories are “collapsed” the energy that was going toward repressing them is restored, and many related problems, including physical complaints, tend to spontaneously resolve.

EFT is a relatively new technique and is still considered “alternative” and so may not be covered by most health insurance plans. However, given the lack of effective conventional treatments for PTSD, EFT’s track record of rapid results may make it the best and most cost effective approach for many PTSD sufferers. And because many EFT practitioners can work over the phone, sessions are accessible to almost anyone.

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Top 7 EFT Books on Amazon

If you love EFT, (Emotional Freedom Technique), then you’ll want to print a copy of this list. These are the most wished for books on Amazon. This means there is probably a book or two on this list your EFTer would love. Save yourself some time by using this list as a shopping list. Your EFTer will love you for it.

1.The EFT Manual (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Gary Craig. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

No surprise that this freely available pdf is now No.1 on the Amazon EFT list. Gary started EFT for us all. No matter how you learned of or about EFT. It came from here. Learn EFT from the Original EFT master.A must read.

2.Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing: The Last Self-Help Book You Will Ever Need by Gloria Arenson. (5 out of 5 stars)

A clearly laid out and concise extension to EFTs basic doings. If you haven’t been ‘getting’ EFT to work for you. This may just be the bridge that you need to start clearing your own emotions. As it says, maybe ‘the last self-help book you will need. This is a very practical hands on book. Happy Days

3.EFT for Procrastination (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Gloria Arenson. (5 out of 5 Stars)

Another book by Gloria, this time just focusing on how to apply EFT to procrastination. If you are about to stop reading this book or put things off. Then this is the book for you. This is a small and compact book, which you can carry with you and take out when you need it.

4.EFT for the Highly Sensitive Temperament (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Rue Hass. (5 out of 5 stars)

Perhaps the worse thing about this book is the title. I did get confused about highly sensitive temperament. Then thought oh, she just means highly sensitive. If you are highly sensitive, then this is a great addition to your EFT library. Yet, if you are ‘shy’ do you go looking for help and assistance?

5.Improve Your Eyesight with EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques by EFT Carol Look (5 out of 5 stars)

I’ve improved eyesight before with hypnosis and it works a treat. It is great to see improve your eyesight as an application of EFT. As ever, I’m always impressed with the detail and breath of Carol’s tapping. She always seems to cover all her bases, leaving no stone unturned.

6.Freedom at Your Fingertips: Get Rapid Physical and Emotional Relief with the Breakthrough System of Tapping by Ron Ball and Joseph Mercola (4.5 out of 5 stars)

This is can be used by a beginner to EFT, but for me it is more of a Question and Answer and How do I use EFT for… Think of a question about EFT. In here you will find an answer for it. A great Q and A reference guide.

7.EFT for PTSD (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques) by Gary Craig. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Perhaps this is where EFT has been used or show its application the most. If you get to watch any of Gary’s intro DVDs. This is where you’ll see the amazing power of EFT. Recorded live sessions with war veterans. This book is an excellent resource guide.

Isn’t it about time you started expanding your EFT knowledge?

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