PTSD episode is grossly irresponsible
The PTSD episode is grossly irresponsible, not medically sound and NOT ok to distribute. Talking about PTSD like some just get it and others don’t is willfully ignorant and dangerous. We know a lot of factors that affect the likelihood of PTSD: early pre-verbal trauma, threats to life/fear of dying/seeing others die by the abuse, severity of the abuse/trauma, relationship to the abuser(s) being family/circle of trust or not, length of the abuse/trauma (once, rarely, or daily or often for years), lacking support systems, being shamed/blamed for the abuse rather than validated, having to stay in systems of abuse for long periods of time (this can especially be for child abuse/rape, domestic violence, job harassment, war/military), social stigmas, age of the victim, physical injuries around the trauma, family histories of depression/anxiety/substance use, deaths of loved ones around the trauma, compounded issues - other traumatic events or losses happening around the time of the trauma, poverty, racial/societal factors and more all can play a part in how trauma develops as more or less severe. We also know that people see PTSD as a vet issue when it’s very much an issue for sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape and child abuse survivors - who do not get the understanding they need. The author seems dedicated though to the idea that people are just different and that’s why some get PTSD and others don’t. This podcast is irresponsible. PTSD is a life threatening issue related to literal injury to portions of the brain that requires professional medical help and should not be discussed so flippantly. I was just listening to a podcast where veterans and child rape victims with PTSD discussed why they did not seek help - stigmas around PTSD and the idea that they could not “cope” as well as others. This author talks about how “It’s all about your resiliency.” And we wonder why victims of PTSD blame themselves. The ignorance that this podcaster is putting forward with things like “The traumatic response is created by how your brain interprets the event. And that means that you can change your story about it, if you want to. You can literally retell the story to yourself.” Then she goes on to talk about your “thoughts” and “cleaning up your thoughts” for a long time as if just thinking different thoughts is the issue. Willfully ignorant. PTSD is a medical condition that includes damage to the amygdala, hippocampus and pre-frontal cortex. See Brainblogger’s “How Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Change the Brain?” PTSD shows up as shrinking of the hippocampus which helps people distinguish between past and present. This is why those with PTSD experience memories of traumatic events as if they are happening again in real time. When someone is re-experiencing a child rape or their best friend being killed on a battlefield as if it’s happening in real time - they can’t “clean up” their thoughts easily. Damage to these brain areas first of all should have been discussed and should be discussed like damage to a spine. It’s not like you could “clean up your thoughts” on spinal damage - as if someone could think their way out of it. They need medical help, neurological intervention. Saying things like “The truth is you get to decide what to do with your thoughts about the trauma and again you get to decide how far to take that.” is ignoring the medical facts about how the amygdala, hippocampus and pre-frontal cortex damage prevent this in PTSD. Look up amygdala hijacking, the release of stress hormones that shut off the cortex and under-activity in the pre-frontal cortex to override this around PTSD. It’s literally why people with PTSD can’t just control their thoughts on the trauma and the most basic thing this author should have understood before addressing this topic. We also know there are modalities that help a lot of people with PTSD like EMDR, RTM, Propranolol, MDMA assisted psychotherapy - but the author never mentions them. There is a brief mention that some should seek professional help but that should be the FOCUS of this - professional help and what is working in the field. This podcast is not pro help. I’ve worked for therapists, in shelters with foster care, rape, child abuse, domestic violence victims, refugees and human rights abuse victims. They don’t need podcasts like this making their life harder or their ability to be understood more difficult. The hell of PTSD is real enough without podcasts like this compounding stigma. I recently worked with an adult survivor of years of child rape. She was informed of first reports of abuse at one month old. One month. Some never get that report of that pre-verbal abuse so they’d never know why they are pre-disposed to PTSD after events later in life. The author should be talking about this - not acting like it’s a big mystery who gets PTSD. It seems convenient to what she’s selling for her coaching though to owe it too thought work.
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