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Counseling PTSD: A Christian Perspective - Lesson 03

by Dr. Ray Self

 


 

Lesson Three



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Lesson Three

PTSD can be called a continuing abnormal response to an abnormal situation.

One of the most common symptoms of PTSD is hypervigilance.


Hypervigilance:

Hypervigilance is an enhanced state of sensory sensitivity accompanied by an exaggerated intensity of behaviors whose purpose is to detect threatening activity.

Hypervigilance may bring about a state of increased anxiety which can cause exhaustion.

Other symptoms include: abnormally increased arousal, a high responsiveness to stimuli and a constant scanning of the environment for threats.


Video - Overcoming Hypervigilance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du_qBRF1X44

Suggested solutions from the video:

  • Recognize Triggers
  • Mindfulness
  • Self Sooth
  • Be a detective – determine what is really happening
  • Take a moment to respond instead of react
  • Plan ahead – make a list of things that work for you
  • See a Professional
  • Medication



Review of Secular Therapies for PTSD

Cognitive Possessing Therapy - Works on changing negative thoughts about the trauma

Prolonged Exposure Therapy - Confronting the traumatic memories by focusing on them

Mediations - Usually Antidepressants


Isa 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

Jer 33:6 'Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.


Talking about Painful Memories

Talking and expressing the feelings associated with painful memories does not change what happened but it does open the door for healing.

Psa 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

Unexpressed feelings tend to manifest in unusual ways. Even though emotions may be blocked out of our minds they still have consequences.

  • There can be exaggerated reactions to certain stimuli
  • Rage instead of irritation
  • Depression instead of sadness
  • Rejection instead of small offense
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Various reality distortions
  • Perceived aggression through normal circumstance



Confessing a painful memory can be a pathway to healing - James 5:16 - Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.

Confession is a biblical principle. This can be difficult but it is God’s way. Mark 4:22 “For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.”

Talking about issues or problems usually takes place in layers. As the conversation progresses, if the environment remains safe, then more and more typically will be revealed.

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth and He is willing to help us reveal the reality of a problem. He will then speak the truth of God that brings healing to that problem. John 16:13 tells us, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”

God’s truth always contains healing. Once a problem is revealed and the truth is known we can believe that healing will begin to manifest.





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