Recovery from PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a form of trauma that occurs beyond an initial incident. Allow me to start by quoting extensively from an article by The Mayo Clinic (article found here).

PTSD Symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. They can also interfere with your ability to go about your normal daily tasks.

PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person.

Intrusive memories

Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event

Avoidance

Symptoms of avoidance may include:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event

Negative changes in thinking and mood

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb

Changes in physical and emotional reactions

Symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

For children 6 years old and younger, signs and symptoms may also include:

  • Re-enacting the traumatic event or aspects of the traumatic event through play
  • Frightening dreams that may or may not include aspects of the traumatic event

Intensity of symptoms

PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time. You may have more PTSD symptoms when you’re stressed in general, or when you come across reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences. Or you may see a report on the news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your own assault.”

From the detailed information above we can see how truly devastating PTSD can be upon someones health and happiness. I have suffered from PTSD from many very traumatic incidences in my life. So I can relate to some degree with others who are suffering. I want you to know that you are not alone!

Recently, with the furthering of my spiritual counseling services, I have been guided towards helping veterans suffering from PTSD. I am beginning to feel a more exclusive calling to this aspect of shamanic work. For those who are in need of such services allow me to give a general outline of what I do. (Please note that you do not have to be a veteran to have PTSD and seek my services.)

I generally help only a few exclusive clients at any given time. The service lasts for several weeks though signs of recovery often begin within the first week. > Soul retrieval of broken pieces of ones true essence are recovered from throughout ones existence, brought back and reintegrated, > Energetic healing sessions are conducted in-person when possible or long-distance, > Curses and malevolence is addressed and cleared, > Spiritual cleansing and blessings are performed, > Open phone sessions are conducted to answer questions and give support as needed, > There is a lot more to this work that is done behind the scenes but the aforementioned gives a strong idea of what this service entails.

Now some may be curious as to the price of this service. I struggled with putting a price on this service as well. Though in order for me to be available and working on someones case daily for several weeks at a time, I still need to cover living costs and other expenses. So, in a nutshell, it is not a cheap service to have a firekeeper medicine man available to you for 40 days. Then again, what price tag do we put on sleep, peace of mind, solitude and a return of ones true essence??

I was told long ago, “You won’t get rich doing this work but you can make a decent living helping people.” I drive an old Chevy not a Cadillac, I live on a small 15 acre homestead in a rather old home, I don’t wear gold or even silver jewelry, I prefer a walk in the woods than to have a big night on the town, and I am not eating steaks for dinner every night either. One has to be humble about living when doing this work. Finding great joy in seeing others recover and blossom into something they were meant to be. Riches are not always counted in gold or silver!