In the Civil War, it was called a “soldier’s heart.”
During the Industrial Revolution, it was “compensation neurosis.”
During World War I, it was labeled “shell shock.”
In World War II, it was defined as “battle fatigue or combat exhaustion.”
During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, experts called it “stress response syndrome.”
Finally, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) got it right:
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD).
PTSD can affect any person who has survived a traumatizing, overwhelming, terrifying event, such as rape, physical and mental abuse, school shootings, divorce, loss of a loved one, physical illness, prolonged exposure to anything that overwhelms our bodies and affects how the brain functions.
Jolene Philo is an expert in the study and treatment of PTSD. Her son was born with life-threatening problems resulting in numerous surgeries—invasive procedures performed without pain medication . . . because it was believed that “children don’t remember pain.” Current research shouts against such ignorance; our minds and bodies do remember trauma. If PTSD is left unattended to, those affected exist in a compromised state. In this revisited interview, Jolene discusses the most current research on PTSD as well as healing treatments.
No one understands our pain like Jesus Christ. He endured every form of mistreatment to the point of death; therefore, He understands our pain and sorrow. He also calls us to care for one another in love—to listen, help, and provide support for healing.
You can find all of Jolene’s resources, books, blog posts, speaking engagements, and online communities here. You can purchase Jolene’s book Does My Child Have PTSD? on Amazon. Jolene also referenced Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, which can be purchased on Amazon.
To visit the trauma therapy website Jolene mentioned, tap or click here.
Tap or click here to learn more about Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing.
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