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Erasing Trauma And Painful Memories

Erasing Trauma and Painful Memories

Erasing Trauma and Painful Memories

According to a study published by researchers in the Netherlands, new findings are coming out with respect to shock therapy.  The purpose and intent of the study was to rid the brain of painful memories after the shock therapy treatment was applied.  Many people seeing these results feel that this could be a good treatment for PTSD

In the study, 39 people were treated with shock therapy (Electroconvulsive Therapy – ECT) at various times depending upon the treatment group they were in.  Before treatment the treatment groups were shown distressing pictures.  One story was about a child who had to have his feet amputated by a doctor because he was hit by a car. The other story involved the kidnapping and molestation of a pair of sisters.  It is important to note that the test subjects were undergoing ECT for severe depression.

From what is being reported, the treatment groups did demonstrate that the memories of these distressing pictures as extremely poor.  The ECT seemed to have taken away the memories of what they saw.  While many hail this as a way to treat PTSD, I’m much more cautious in my view of this treatment.

All too often, the patient suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma are treated from a mental health standpoint only.  The only thing I have wrong with this type of treatment is that it ignores what the body remembers.  I fully believe and have experienced through myself and others that the body remembers as much, if not more than the mind remembers.

If we only treat the mind, we are ignoring the other festering part of the memory which resides in the body.  It is much harder to see this part and it take a very skilled individual to understand it, but let us not ignore the body.  For if we just ignore the body in treatment, we are masking and numbing the effects of the trauma or painful memories.  Just because our mind does not see them or remember them, it does not mean they still hold residence in our cells and tissues.

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