Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (±x)
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Following on from my other article:-
I continue the voyage into the mind and examine particular situations or disorders which prevent it functioning…
Psychogenic amnesia, also known as functional amnesia or dissociative amnesia, is a disorder characterized by abnormal memory functioning in the absence of structural brain damage or a known neurobiological cause. It results from the effects of severe stress or psychological trauma on the brain, rather than from any physical or physiological cause. It is often considered to be equivalent to the clinical condition known as repressed memory syndrome.
There are two main types of psychogenic amnesia: global amnesia and situation-specific amnesia. Global amnesia, also known as fugue state, refers to a sudden loss of personal identity lasting a few hours or days, often accompanied by severe stress or depression and often involving extended periods of wandering and confusion.
It is very rare, and usually resolves over time (although memory of the fugue episode itself may remain lost), often helped by therapy. Situation-specific amnesia is a type of psychogenic amnesia that occurs as a result of a severely stressful event, as part of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma, which manifests itself in constant re-experiencing of the original trauma through flashbacks or nightmares and avoidance of any stimuli associated with the trauma, as well as increased arousal (such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger and hypervigilance).
Veterans were the typical sufferers but a far greater proportion of police officers suffer from PTSD because of longer working hours and more violent criminals. Cheers Theresa 🙂
Clearly the event was horrific but did it actually cause PTSD? First and foremost even after the event I was fine, until I found in the middle of January 2016 that most of my evidentiary material had been wiped. That to me was the beginning of the real issue as it happened in Singapore in 2013 following the loss of data…
But was it actually PTSD or merely Psychogenic Amnesia? Having reviewed the facts it was NOT PTSD.
Trauma Transference Syndrome occurs when a past trauma such as psychological abuse has been engraved into the cellular memory and has not been dealt with. It is now recognised that victims of abuse such as rape and sexual abuse suffer from a form of post-traumatic stress.
The signs of this trauma scarring are not generally outwardly visible, the memory has been supressed in the mind, but the powerful images, feelings, and sensations do not just “go away” once the danger of attack has passed.
These memories are deeply imprinted, more strongly than normal everyday memories and often shards of the trauma occur from time to time manifesting in feelings of anger, rage, sadness, mistrust, fear, shame, loneliness, abandonment.
So Why Write About Parents Now?
Many people must be thinking “Why is Joe writing this now when the event happened in December 2015?”
United Airlines Passenger – 10 April 2017
In this video Dr David Dao was forcibly dragged from the plane, bleeding and humiliated. Clearly this process was in blatant violation of his Fundamental Human Rights.
I then read the article from his lawyer who spoke about Intentionally Inflicted Emotional Distress.
United passenger dragged off plane has a strong legal case, experts say
The relevant text is:-
“You could give this to a group of first-year lawyers and they could list all the claims this guy has,” he said, naming intentional infliction of emotional distress in addition to assault and battery.”
Unfortunately this reminded me of the whole 12/17 episode, as the Assault, Battery, IIED, Humiliation, Fundamental Rights issue and EDS’ “We’ll break the door and drag you out” are identical:-
and of course I was bleeding too with physical injuries. Analysing further calls confirmed this phrase around ten times in EDS’ conversations to third parties.
Then to make matters worse I remembered about the video of Prof Robert Kelly a few weeks earlier and it is featured in my article of 26 April 2017.
Honour Based Violence
"There was an unexpected distraction for Professor Robert Kelly when he was being interviewed live on BBC News about South Korea. But he managed to...
In the video the girl is being forcibly dragged again, but this time by her own parent:-
I did not realise it was her parent at first, and following identification I was quite distressed – that is just too ‘close to home’ for me. This confirms it is Sensitisation not PTSD, since the type of abuser is the key determinant.
United Airlines Passenger Video – Take 2
I revisited the video, at 1m 20s the woman says “This is all wrong…” – I said the same words to PDS when the ordeal was ongoing, and of course she did nothing:-[insert evidence]
Dealing with PTSD
An interesting part of the article is this:-
“Memory disturbances are predominant in the presentation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are part of the diagnostic criteria. The re-experiencing symptom criteria of PTSD include intrusive memories of the traumatic event, and the avoidance symptom criteria include the inability to recall important aspects of the trauma. In addition, patients with PTSD often complain of experiencing everyday memory problems with emotionally neutral material, although these problems are not included in the diagnostic criteria.”
Traditionally the sufferer is asked not to think about the traumatic events as part of the healing process. In fact when I was ‘fraudulently diagnosed’ with PTSD in 2001 by EDS and Newton Ranasinghe it was more EDS/PDS’ ShitLankanTM ways rather than anything else. But the factual diagnosis was not convenient…
I DO NOT LIKE MY PARENTS AS THEIR INEPTITUDE AND FLAWED LOGIC IS ASTOUNDING AND THEY FOREVER INTERFERE WITH / SABOTAGE MY LIFE AND THAT OF TANIA’S
Suppression of Memories
A natural aspect of PTSD is to forget nasty memories – however from my own experience, the recommended strategy of ‘sweeping memories under the carpet’ only makes matters worse.
The following article demonstrates scientifically that ‘suppressing past memories causes memory deficits in the present‘:-
Inducing amnesia through systemic suppression
Hippocampal damage profoundly disrupts the ability to store new memories of life events. Amnesic windows might also occur in healthy people due to disturbed hippocampal function arising during mental processes that systemically reduce hippocampal activity.
Intentionally suppressing memory retrieval (retrieval stopping) reduces hippocampal activity via control mechanisms mediated by the lateral prefrontal cortex. Here we show that when people suppress retrieval given a reminder of an unwanted memory, they are considerably more likely to forget unrelated experiences from periods surrounding suppression.
At present I do not know the day of the week or my own Skype number – sounds odd but I have something like Acute Alzheimers suddenly.
I take Souvenaid now
People living with early Alzheimer’s disease have been shown to have relatively low levels of a range of nutrients in their bodies despite eating a normal diet. These nutrients are required in the process of making new connections in the brain called synapses. The loss of synapses is one of the key features of early Alzheimer’s disease.
Omega 3 fatty acids, uridine monophosphate and choline, together with several key vitamins, all work together to help this process.
Souvenaid® is an innovative product for the dietary management of early Alzheimer’s disease and contains a unique combination of nutrients at levels difficult to achieve from diet alone. Souvenaid® is available as a once a day, 125ml drink in two flavours 🙂
Synaptic plasticity is the biological process by which specific patterns of synaptic activity result in changes in synaptic strength and is thought to contribute to learning and memory. Both pre-synaptic and post-synaptic mechanisms can contribute to the expression of synaptic plasticity.
Stress is a biologically significant factor that, by altering brain cell properties, can disturb cognitive processes such as learning and memory, and consequently limit the quality of human life.
Extensive rodent and human research has shown that the hippocampus is not only crucially involved in memory formation, but is also highly sensitive to stress. So, the study of stress-induced cognitive and neurobiological sequelae in animal models might provide valuable insight into the mnemonic mechanisms that are vulnerable to stress.
Rapid Results Required
I have managed to prevent PTSD by:-
(a) taking ‘the trauma by the horns’, analysing, sharing evidence, writing about my experiences, and intensely revisiting the events and also continually;
(b) taking the Souvenaid so that sufficient nutrients are available which increases synaptic strength and facilitates psynaptic plasticity.
It will take around a month for me to get over the trauma, but thanks to the above regime I can now laugh at videos such as this:-
Joseph S R de Saram (JSRDS)
Other articles in this series:-