Interesting perspective from the news.
Compartmentalizing and hyperfocusing as a way to bypass emotional pain or panic and concentrate on a task can be highly effective for very highly trained people like astronauts.
But as a psychologist warns--such compartmentalization can carry a risk of emotional rebound later on.
"On Monday, Kelly -- a veteran of 39 combat missions during Desert Storm -- officially resumed his training duties. He and his five crewmates spent much of the day in simulators practicing launch, landing and docking with the International Space Station, preparing for Endeavour's scheduled April 19 launch. NASA released video of Kelly working in the command seat in the shuttle simulator, telling colleagues: "I'm all set."
That type of training is typical for two months before launch, said Apt, who pulled out his training schedule for a 1996 flight. Days usually start around 8 a.m. and stretch till around 7 p.m. with hours upon hours of simulations. Lunch is even eaten inside the simulator with "the same food you eat on orbit," Apt said.
Experts said this not only trains astronauts for flights, but how to focus.
In some ways people who "are very successful and high achievers" generally feel better because of this well-honed compartmentalizing skills, said Virgil Zeigler-Hill, a University of Southern Mississippi psychology professor. But they also can pay a big price later with an emotional rebound that can hit hard.
"It's kind of a roller coaster," he said."
So people coming home saying they 'experience' huge relief and ecstacy from weekend workshops may without being aware of it, have gained that relief, not by integrating their histories of trauma, but by suppressing that history through hyperfocus.
That experience of relief is vivid but, like the temporary relief given by having a bunch of drinks, it can be deceptive.
You can experience yourself as being safe to drive, but be impaired.
You can experience relief from tauma but if that relief is gained by dissociative splitting or compartmentalization, one may risk a return of pain later.
And the workshop leader may not be available.
Part of the job of a licenced therapist is
being available for follow up care.
No such thing as simple treatments for PTSD
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Roman General Combating a Simple Cure for PTSD
March 2nd, 2009 by Roman General The other day I was tooling around the Internet and came across another website proclaiming to have found the"cure" for PTSD. That in three or four treatments they will be symptom free, ooo ooo ooo, and many in less! I just had to post a comment for people who would buy into this crap, to give some perspective on the misguided who may want to purchase this hopeless endeavor.
Below is the comment as I lay out a foundation and briefly discus the why and how's of chronic traumaitzation as it relates and conflicts with a possible "simple solution",
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) centers on skill building and the restructuring of the cognitive scaffolding that has been damaged by constant neurophysiological interactions mediated by the nervous system; the sympathetic, parasympathetic systems and regulated by the endocrine system (Clinicianâ€™s Guide to PTSD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach by Taylor, 2006).In cases with extensive traumatization such as chronic childhood abuse of an interpersonal nature, results in complex trauma based disorders. The cognitive structure of the brain has not fully developed as it has been arrested by the violation of relational attachments vital to interpersonal relationships. Further, the forming of the personality stems from the interactions with others as we engage with others to find our identifications and identity (The Dissociative Mind by Howell, 2005, and The Haunted Self by Van der Hart, Nijenhuis and Steele, 2006).
I have done expensive research into the causes and treatments of trauma based disorders and have found that, no one treatment can cure chronic or complex traumatization. Simple trauma based disorders may be treated on a short term basis, and this â€œtreatmentâ€ that you claim to have perfected and can â€œcureâ€ PTSD, without an evidence-based credibility does nothing to add to cutting edge treatment modalities.
As noted in Van der Hart et al. (2006) the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality (Lee, 2009) and the Phase-Oriented Treatment modality covers most of the symptomology and comorbidity.
It will take years to integrate multiple traumatizations where the personality has been impeded developmentally and dissociatively compartmentalized.
Again I state that, no one treatment, can cure a chronically traumatized person of their maladies.