Two Cures for PTSD

Here are descriptions of two different methods for curing PTSD. Both work to interrupt the reconsolidation of traumatic memories. The first method uses a rewind technique for dissociation, and the second uses propanolol, a noradrenergic beta-blocker.

The first article by Richard Gray and Richard Liotta outlines a Visual-Kinesthetic dissociation protocol for helping those suffering from PTSD. Don't be put off by the scientific context - the article is well written, and most of it can be understood quite well. Here is the abstract:

PTSD: Extinction, Reconsolidation, and the Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation Protocol by Richard M. Gray and Richard F. Liotta

Every year thousands of returning military, state, and local police officers and civilians of every description suffer from the intrusive symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Current treatments rooted largely in extinction protocols require extensive commitments of time and money and are often ineffective. This study reviews several theories of PTSD and two important mechanisms that explain when treatment does and doesn’t work: extinction and reconsolidation. It then reviews the research about and suggests an explanatory mechanism for the visual-kinesthetic dissociation protocol (V/KD), also known as the rewind technique. The technique is notable for its lack of discomfort to the client, the possibility of being executed as a content-free intervention, its speed of operation, and its long-term, if largely anecdotal, efficacy. A case study, specific diagnostics for extinction, and reconsolidative mechanisms and suggestions for future research are provided.

And here is a link to the full 14-page article. The authors refer to another paper that I found to be interesting and helpful, and so here is a link to McDowell & McDowell:  Neuro-Linguistic Programming Applied: The Use of Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation to Cure Anxiety Disorders

There are good reasons why CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is accepted by the mainstream community, whereas NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is not, even although it is very effective. And so I am including a paper published in Contemporary Psychotherapy by Richard M Gray & Frank L. Bourke that gives some very useful background information about NLP & CBT.

Then there is the second method,  The Cure For Fear, using treatment with propanolol. Again, don't be put off by the scientific aspects of the article, it is quite readable and understandable, and very helpful. There is a paper describing the scientific work underlying this method, and I am including the link, because it helps to establish the credibility of the method - real research published by real researchers in a real peer-reviewed journal.

Disrupting Reconsolidation of Fear Memory in Humans by a Noradrenergic β-Blocker by By Merel Kindt, Marieke Soete, & Dieuwke Sevenster, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam. They even have a video showing how they do the experiments.

And I would like to thank Brett Casey, M.D. for finding these two articles and bringing them to my attention. Now it is my pleasure to give you the opportunity to read about how to disrupt reconsolidation.

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