The police were called several hours later and evidence collected. Marty was in shock and the girls were crying. Marty, a single mother, sent the girls to stay with her mother. She had horrible nightmares every night, for the next six months. Later nightmares were several nights a week, even a year later. She was terrified to be alone, but felt unsafe to have her girls at home, either. Marty broke into sweating and rapid heart rate, whenever the phone rang or there was a knock on the door. Visual replays of the rape, in her mind, were triggered, by being alone near any man. She avoided her church and had many sick days missing work. She began to feel guilt for not preventing the assault.
Psychotherapy is usually prolonged and possibly effective in developing personal strength. Various cognitive-behavioral techniques may give the PTSD sufferer tools to combat the internalized stress response. Some individuals are so traumatized that the ability to return to normalcy is difficult and even delayed for years. Consider our Viet Nam Veterans, now thirty years post trauma, continuing to suffer PTSD.
Neurotherapy is a new rehabilitation tool, which may help the PTSD sufferer to normalize brain function, thus controlling the PTSD curse. PTSD typically activates the high frequency brainwaves associated with anxiety or fear of harm. These associated emotions activate profound sensory-motor and autonomic system dysregulation. The neurotherapy brainwave training may be able to reduce the autonomic arousal pattern, related to kindling, like a burnable material being burned by a flame. These kindling cues can come in all types, but are associated in memory with the traumatic event. The brainwave training can lead to a calmer, reflective and increased healthy and rational response set to the cues or kindling. Hopefully, this will assist the sufferer to approach normalcy.
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