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Return with Freedom Non-profit with a heart for Vetrans and their Families

I am grateful to part of the team at Return with Freedom.  As a staff member of this non profit organization I work with a team offering confidential quality mental health treatment to Veterans and their families for reduce cost. I would like to see more families benefiting from the available services. 

   We are not government funded and rely solely on donations.   I hope you would consider being one of our financial supporters by clicking on the donation button below.   In turn, I  can continue to help veterans and their families understand and win the battle with trauma. 

Note: clicking on Donate will redirect you to the official Return with Freedom Website.

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How Do Disturbing Events  Effect Thoughts, Feelings, and Memories?

The brain is constantly gathering filtering and storing information.  Some of this information is explicit (it is intentionally and consciously being processed, and accessible ) and some of the information is implicit (it is unconsciously gathered, and inaccessible) .  Most of the information it receives gets resolved and integrated as it processes through the mind.

Trauma information – shock, upset, or highly charged disturbances – is processed differently.   When life-threatening experiences, or experiences that physiologically set off stress hormones,  hit the brain, the normal processing channels are shut down and ‘trauma processing’ takes over.   The body goes into survival mode.   When this happens, the left (logical and explicit) brain shuts down and the information streaming through the senses is captured by the right (implicit, creative) brain with the worst of it (most traumatic) being stored in the lower regions of the brain.

The body/mind goes into fight, flight or freeze mode.

The problem is that after the disturbance stops the brain carries the memories of the disturbance long into the future.   Those memories are associated with disturbing images, unpleasant angry, sad, or fearful emotions, anxious body sensations and disparaging thoughts about the self.  They are stored in the amygdala and hippocampus as hardened, fractured memories .  These memories have no sense of time,  order,  or space, so that when triggered the memories are experienced as if they are happening in the present.  These memories are stuck  in the limbic brain and while they are hard to get rid of they are easily triggered and they get replayed over-and-over.   Because they are locked in the implicit memory,  there is usually little or no awareness of what is happening; that is,  the feelings seem to come from no where, they make no sense,  and they have no sense of  being from the past.  Even with awareness, there  is a disconnect between what the sufferer knows to be true and the emotions or thoughts that accompany situations that unknowingly trigger reactions to the disturbing events.

To add to the problem, these stored mal-adaptive memories may get connected to other more adaptive neuro-pathways.  So that when the traumatic memory is triggered by images,  emotions, and  body feelings, smells, or sounds,  the brain associates these triggers with the traumatic memory  and everyday activities, sleep, and relationships become hijacked by the fight, flight, or freeze mode.   Once  hijacked, the brain is no longer thinking logically.

‘Talking-about-experiences’ helps but all too often it doesn’t  do enough.  Prescription drugs such as anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications can help you cope with symptoms even though they don’t solve the underlying problem.    Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to help but  on an explicit level.

Illegal drugs and alcohol can seem to help but they merely masks symptoms, which slowly over time can become debilitating.  EMDR is the most effective at processing trauma on all levels.

How does EMDR work?

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for “Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing”    It is a well-researched and highly developed way to work with people who have experienced disturbing events in their lives that disrupt their emotions,  thoughts and memories.

With EMDR, the therapist works with the client to access the disturbances and reawaken the images, emotions, body sensations and negative feelings about the self.   Bi-lateral stimulation (eye movements or tapping) are used to allow the brain to re-process the stored emotions, negative thoughts, images and body sensations.  When that happens, the brain has a way of re-encoding the trauma information and it becomes resolved and integrated; which means,  the disturbing memories and information is no longer emotionally charged.   The facts, memories, and reactions to the trauma can be accessed while the  unpleasant feelings, body sensations, negative thoughts, anxiety, fear,  and depression that were once associated with the experience are desensitized.

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Many suffering from PTSD and Trauma can feel they suffer alone (attacked by an unseen enemy) that can disrupt relationships, cause mental stress, health issues anxiety and depression. PTSD often isolates, disconnects and blindsides those who suffer from it. PTSD doesn’t stop there it attacks the home front as well, sometimes causing confusion, stress, and discord.

Do you know the “enemy” (PTSD) and do you know the power and capability of your “weapons”?

I use an integrative approach to help families, couples and individuals to understand the nature of the PTSD and it’s long reaching effects. Additionally I aim to help each individual to take inventory of their strengths, and equip each with skills and resources to bring peace and positive connections in the present. Because of private donations, my colleagues at “Return with Freedom” and I are able to provide quality group therapy, along with family therapy and private psychotherapy, at low or no cost for veterans and their families. You need not be a veteran to benefit from these services, and you may qualify for reduced rates. Same day appointments are available so call to make an appointment today.

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Return with Freedom, Inc.

Our war veterans deserve the best this country has to offer. They have risked all to protect the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis. We at Return with Freedom, Inc. are deeply grateful for their service. We have seen the need for help in re-entering their lives here at home after experiencing atrocities most of us can’t even imagine. The high rate of suicide and poverty among returning military is not acceptable. Not only should they Return with Honor, they should Return with Freedom – freedom from anxiety, nightmares, suicidal thoughts – back to fullness of life that can be enjoyed with their family and friends.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is highly prevalent in our soldiers that have been deployed. Over 300,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD. Not to mention veterans from other wars – even soldiers from World War II who were diagnosed with “Shell Shock” still suffer in some ways today.

There is a psychotherapy called EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) which is shown to have significant impact in treatment of PTSD. However, there is significant specialized training involved and the cost of treatment is high. For this reason, Return with Freedom, Inc. has been formed to provide sliding scale (according to your ability to pay) therapy to our returning military – both active and veterans. Our services are highly confidential as we value the privacy of all our patients.

If you or someone you know is in need of our services, please give us a call at 888.516.9992 or email us at info@returnwithfreedom.org.

If you are interested in joining our team of financial supporters (without which we cannot succeed) please email us at donate@returnwithfreedom.org.

contact:  Ramona Taylor registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern at Inland Integrated Wellness Center
Trauma

Trauma is the fallout from experiencing or witnessing a frightening event, such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse; accidents; natural disasters or deaths. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) results from severe or multiple traumas that have never been resolved and continue to have an ongoing and devastating impact upon one’s life. Not all traumatic experiences cause PTSD, and what may cause trauma and/or PTSD for one person may have little noticable effect upon another.

A trauma victim may experience flashbacks and dreams of the event, hyper-vigilance, depression, sleeping difficulties, and problems with relationships. Alternately, the event may cause the victim to numb-out emotionally.  Fear, anxiety, anger, depression, guilt, addictions, and self harm may also be reactions to trauma.  These reactions may occur at the time of the trauma or even years later. These reactions can persist and affect a person for months, even years.   Often people do not see a connection between the traumatic event and their current relational,  professional, school, work, personal, or family problems

How Do I Know If I Have or Someone I Know Has PTSD

The experience of PTSD is different for everyone. Typical symptoms of PTSD may include feeling detached or emotionally numb, as well as, nightmares, severe anxiety, or flashbacks. Sometimes we notice the symptoms in ourselves and, sometimes, it’s the ones close to us who notice.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
• Experienced a life-threatening or traumatizing event
• Recurrent thoughts about the trauma
• Nightmares related to the trauma
• Flashbacks
• Being triggered by reminders of the trauma
• Being triggered by anything associated with the trauma
• Avoiding thoughts, feelings, places, related to the trauma
• Not remembering part of or all of the trauma
• Feeling number and/or having diminished interest in life
• Trouble sleeping
• Difficulty with concentration
• Getting startled easily
• Hypervigilance (anxiously aware of your surroundings)
• Irritability or outbursts of anger
• Children may act out the trauma in play
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Treatment

Trauma is nothing anyone wants to go through. Whether its a car accident, mugging, physical assault, war, rape, sexual abuse, or other forms of trauma, it all can cause post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD leaves one feeling fearful, angry, defective, and sometimes hopeless about life. After trauma we often feel vulnerable and can lose trust in humanity and the world.

contact:  Ramona Taylor registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern at Inland Integrated Wellness Center

Therapy for PTSD starts with creating a safe place for you to talk about your struggle and eventually work on the trauma. Therapists understand that the last thing that most people who have been through a trauma want to do is talk about it, so most therapists wait until you feel comfortable and ready. Unfortunately, the way to recover from trauma is to work through it and process it.  The avoidance of thinking of or talking about the trauma is what keeps the PTSD alive.

Fortunately there are effective treatments for PTSD.   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), which are A rated treatments by the American Psychological Assocation for PTSD can all help you get  life back and stop being tormented by your trauma.

• For an appointment or free phone consultation:  Contact Ramona Taylor  @ ramonat@inlandwellnesscenter.com or  call toll free at (888) 634-6999 ext 16