Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one's own or someone else's physical, sexual, or psychological integrity, overwhelming the individual's ability to cope. As an effect of psychological trauma, PTSD is less frequent and more enduring than the more commonly seen post traumatic stress (also known as acute stress response). Diagnostic symptoms for PTSD include re-experiencing the original trauma(s) through flashbacks or nightmares, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, and increased arousal—such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger, and hypervigilance.
Not long before the advent of the Middle East wars, a variety of symptoms were subsumed under the heading of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by the behavioral sciences. Such nomenclature tended to give such symptoms a mystique, and some perceived that treatment was just as mysterious!
Since psychotropic drugs served to diminish some of the effects and psychotherapy was both time consuming and ineffective, drug therapy became the treatment of choice. With approximately a quarter million veterans having been labeled with this malady, it deserves careful scrutiny.
As will be noted in the following article, sufferers of such symptoms have been consistently set free by spiritual counseling over the past four decades—well before the symptoms were given a formal designator! With the spiritual dimension ignored (if not disdained!) by government sponsored treatment, the vital ingredient of successful treatment has been omitted, limiting treatment to symptomatic relief, at best. The testimony of a veteran of almost four years in Iraq, and consequent severe PTSD, to buttress the assertions made in the article. His is just one of many which could be marshaled to substantiate the validity of spiritual resolution of a host of psychological symptoms.