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Natural Recovery from PTSD

Many people retain memories of particularly stressful times in their lives; their bodies tense up and they feel the emotions just as when the event first occurred—they truly are reliving the nightmare. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops it may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to someone else.”

Years ago, PTSD was called shellshock, or battle fatigue, referring to the reactions some war veterans had to normal life situations after returning home from duty. However, it was soon discovered that, aside from war violence, incidents that can cause PTSD are varied and numerous, ranging from rape to a natural disaster.

Most treatments for PTSD involve talk therapy with a psychologist and the use of psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants. Veterans Administration hospitals, which deal with the highest percentage of PTSD cases, also utilize group counseling. Unfortunately, even with all of the research and the number of cases seen during the last 10-plus years of war, results have been mediocre at best. Today, the armed forces are seeing the highest rates of suicide in their history.

Natural recovery from PTSD can been achieved through the use of a technology involving meridian tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This technology was discovered by Roger Callahan and was originally used to help eliminate phobias. Later, Gary Craig ( started using EFT to address conditions from emotional blocks to physical pain.

Meridian tapping refers to touching lightly on specific acupuncture points with the fingers, often with a specific thought in mind, which provides a path to transform emotions from negative to neutral. When the emotions are calmed, healing can take place. The person doing meridian tapping does not lose memories; they just cease to be disturbing and disruptive, as if they are relegated to a position of lesser importance in the mind. Unlike other therapies, there are no negative side effects and the person does not have to continually relive the nightmare to find relief.

Everyone reacts to traumatic events in their life differently, and not all will suffer from PTSD. But for those that do, it is a serious disorder that needs to be treated. Friends and family members must realize their loved one has a real problem and offer their unconditional support.

Leah E. McCullough, affectionately known as “the fibro lady,” is the author of Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery. Contact her at 859-380-9737, email, ot visit

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