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Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) Article

A young Marine hero of Iraq is being called “the author of the most important psychological memoir of 2009” by a Miami counselor

 Jeremiah Workman is a certified hero. Marine. Winner of The Navy Cross – the second highest medal of valor.

 But, Jeremiah Workman is a hero not because of anything he did in battle – he’ll be the first to tell you that. He’s a hero because he survived Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has produced a gripping account of the incident that his PTSD and his struggle to overcome the emotional trauma

 “It’s a masterful work that gives hope not just to those traumatized by battle but to everyone who’s ever struggled with PTSD,” notes Francis J. Flynn, Psy. D., CAP, director of the Brain Training Centers of Florida, and himself a PTSD survivor.

Workman writes to Iraq and Afghan war vets – and to anyone with PTSD – with an eloquence that would make Shakespeare jealous and is still absolutely down to earth.

 Five years after his battlefield experience, he tells them

 The campaign continues…I have my good days and bad ones. Sometimes it looks like I’ve made a lot of progress. Other days, I slip and fall. That’s the nature of the game now, and the point is to keep playing to win for yourself and your family.

 [PTSD] affects us in different ways, but ultimately some of us develop the worse symptoms of PTSD: rage, overheated emotions, flashbacks, and overwhelming guilt. Our brains have been chemically altered by the trauma the war inflicted.

 We’re proud men and women who don’t like to admit we’re hurting. To do so is a sign of weakness that in our warrior profession we normally revile. Your pain is my pain. We share that as a bond, as do our families who have endured so much. 

 The truth is cold and harsh. Everyone one of us combat veterans who attempts suicide, every one of us who wakes up one day running empty on hope is a casualty of war just as sure as the men who died over there around us. If you are at that point, like I once was, all I can say is this: Don’t give the Muj the satisfaction. You pull that trigger, you swallow those pills, and they win. I can’t think of anything worse after seeing what barbarians they are…

 Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. This is a war nobody can wage alone. There is no shame in PTSD, it is a human response to trauma that is a natural part of our composition. The shame lies is submission.

 “Jeremiah Workman has produced a dynamic page-turner description of PTSD that is almost too painful to read,” says Flynn. “Anyone, absolutely anyone who works with an Iraq or Afghan vet who’s experiencing symptoms of PTSD has to read it,” said Flynn, who has already recommended Workman’s book to a number of his clients.

Flynn, who traces his PTSD to his experience as a political prisoner in Latin America in the early 1970s, notes that PTSD affects more than war vets. “Parents and children who provide long term care for family members going through chronic death, firefighters – especially EMTs, and intensive care nurses and staff members, even members of the clergy who spend years listening to others’ problems can experience caretakers fatigue that manifests itself as PTSD,” notes Flynn.

 “In many cases, it manifests as an abiding sense of physical exhaustion and, no matter how many hours you sleep, there’s a sense of never waking refreshed.”

 “Trauma upsets the natural balances of the brain, whether from care-giving or childhood physical/emotional/sexual abuse or from being ‘boots on the ground’ in Afghanistan and Iraq,” notes Flynn. “That imbalance will manifest itself in a thousand ways – from fear and startle responses to depression and alcohol and drug abuse.” The Brain Training Centers of Florida has specialized in assisting clients to achieve a new balance of brain wave energies and, in many cases, experiencing dramatic or complete relief from their PTSD symptoms.

 “No one can erase the memories or trauma, but we can help to take away their life-limiting power,” says Flynn.

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In Brain Training Today: December 28th, 2009

We are enjoying some more awesome miracles today!!! We are brain training a young woman who is returning for a short intensive (eight sessions). She came to us in August weighing a little more then eighty pounds due to her difficulties with bulimia and anorexia. When she first came to us she reported that she could not figure out a good reason to live. She said she was just waiting to die.  At the end of the day yesterday she reported that she now weighs almost 110 pounds which is a result of her feeling like she has lost the motivation to try to look that thin anymore. She said that that drive is gone!!!!! She also reported that she is actually happy alot of the time now!!!! Wow, we really love what we are doing!!!!

We are also brain training her mother today. She is struggling with her issues stemming from being an adult child of an alcoholic and care takers fatigue from dealing with her daughter. She is reporting feeling better, sleeping better, and being able to focus better. She has also reported that her daughter is doing remarkably well.

Today we are also brain training a woman in her sixties who has been struggling her whole life with her issues. She is a psychologist who has studied body talk therapy. She has really taken to our technology and reports feeling measurably different.  We are also working with a drug addict who is detoxing from Benzodiazopenes. His issues include being bi-polar, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep issues, fatigue, and trauma. This one is a very difficult case. Success with him will be a miracle. We have high hopes!

It is another terrific day at The Brain Training Centers of Florida.

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In Brain Training Today: December 16, 2009

Today at the Brain Training Centers of Florida we had five different clients. Three of the five clients were returning for 4-pack tune-ups. These clients have enjoyed great success from their brain wave optimization with real time balancing experiences. They have come back to further strengthen their control over their brain wave patterns. One of our clients is in the middle of her first intensive (10 sessions in 5 days). The fifth client came in today for a brain mapping and assessment.

The issue we have tackled or are tackling today include, but are not limited to the following; addictions, depression, anxiety, pain, dispair, fatigue, crazy thoughts, too many thoughts, and sleep issues.

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In Brain Training Today: December 15, 2009

Today we are providing our special combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and the emergent technology of brain wave optimization with real time balancing powered by Brain State Technologies for four different people. We are also performing a brain mapping and assessment.

The issues we are helping people with today include, but are not limited to; addictions, recovering from brain injury, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD), fear, depression, sleep issues, chronic fatigue, panic attacks and anger issues.

Fortunately, three of the four are reporting feeling much better.  The fourth person is starting with us today…..

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In Brain Training Today: December 3, 2009

By utilizing Brain Wave Optimization with Real Time Balancing we are helping six clients achieve more peace, love and joy in their lives today. The issues we are brain training our clients to stop include sleep problems, anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD (ADD), trauma from sexual abuse, trauma from satanic lifestyles, trauma from improper institutionalization, eating disorders, alcoholism and drug addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, pain, fibromyalgia, being homeless, being unemployed and losing jobs, fear and depression.

From 8AM until 10 PM today we are completely full. Our clients are reporting awesome results by learning to create a “new normal” to live with instead of continuing their lives dealing with the issues created by the traumas of their past.

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Another Great Testimonial

Are you in more pain than you have ever experienced in your Life? Are you hopeless? Have you read so many books, attended every self help seminar, spent thousands on counseling and every type of therapy known to man and still feel absolute despair? 

You may have had brief periods of happiness and periods of functioning fairly well.  But it lays dormant, you know it’s there, but you don’t even know what “It” is. You may identify it as a sadness or fear, these are very familiar emotions you’ve known a very long time. Most of your life maybe?

There is a reason. One that may surprise you as it did me. I was struggling with severe Post Traumatic Stress. To the point I would not ever actually hurt myself , but my will to live was fading away.  It was just too hard to keep feeling these same debilitating emotions.

I was desperate.  Maybe even more desperate because I had done so much work, what on earth was wrong with me? Why couldn’t I feel better. Why couldn’t I enjoy my life and be Truly Happy.

The answer did surprise me and changed my life so profoundly and in the simplest way when I was introduced to Brain Wave Optimization with real time balancing. I was shown with actual graphic detail why I was so unhappy. Why I was so fearful.  That no matter what kind of therapy I had, how much I tried to control my thoughts or will myself to be happy, it would not work.  I was shown the amount of trauma still in my subconscious on a graph.  I was shown how the sessions were breaking up the trauma and I didn’t even feel it.  It was being released and removed.

The reason nothing truly ever worked is because my Brain was unbalanced. My Brain had been so conditioned in an effort to protect itself from previous trauma that it had developed a maze of Neural Pathways that controlled every emotion and responded from that place. You may be familiar with the Fight or Flight response.  My brain was set on 100% Flight. What is also commonly known as Disassociation. Any discomfort was an automatic Flight response and consequent disassociation.

Because of the ingrained Pathways set from the trauma the Brain interpreted everything as a threat and responded accordingly, automatically.  I had no control to change it on my own.

Brain Wave Optimization also known as Brain Conditioning or as Brain Training, breaks those destructive pathways and establishes new healthy pathways in the simplest way, with sound. You relax in a chair and visualize your new thoughts and the various sound protocols break the barrier of the old to reestablish the new and balance your Brain.

Your life will be transformed, and because the Brain affects and controls all of our physical organs, besides our emotions and thoughts, as well as our intuition, it has the ability to transform your overall sense of well being. You will really feel like you are Living for the first time in your life.

This was a win-win. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain; and I did. The integration of a balanced brain allows all of your organs to operate in a balanced way. Your intuition will be unlocked and allowed to flow with a new sense of living.  What before was experienced in any number of negative emotions will now be experienced in a calm, peaceful and functional way of living life. I now enjoy a zest for life; an excited anticipation of what will happen next.

This has been my experience and every person is different, but I invite you to explore the possibility of this changing your life. There have been absolute miracles in the lives of the people that have undergone this therapy.

Really, when you think of it everything works best when it operates from a place of balance. It is such a simple concept, brilliant in the design and the greatest therapeutic tool you will have ever used. This therapy is new but it is spreading around the world.

My experience was especially great, I believe, because of the care and compassion of the Brain Training Center of Florida. So that is my recommendation for you. The Director Geoff Cole and his staff are truly so passionate about what they do that you could not be in better hands. Call them today and see how they can help you change your life and live in Balance the way we are intended to be.

Judy S, Tampa, Fl. , 12/01/09

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