- Producer04/09/2016Distraction isn't curiosity"Squirrel" Many of us are familiar and have quoted this line from the movie Up, which Dug was predisposed to say. We call it distraction. Is it really dissociation?Let me share a story with you. A few years ago when I was still a carpenter, we had a...
- 05/08/2016PTSD effects more than just us responders. This video with TRE creator David Berceli was shot with responders in mind. Feel free to pass it on to any police, firefighters, dispatchers, paramedics, and EMTs you know or their organizations. The percentages of those with PTSD is high, and people are taking their lives because of it.Leckey Harrison Firefighter & EMT teaches TRE to EMT Professionals Leckey is a firefighter and EMT. He talks about his experience with TRE and why he thinks it would be helpful to introduce it to Emergency Medical...
Comments05/08/2016 #7 Leckey Harrison#6 krav maga is Hebrew for contact combat, essentially hand to hand. In our school a great workout aside from learning the manual and psychological techniques. I know it seems juxtaposed to what I do. It's not too unlike shaolin Kung fu for Buhhist monks to me. Excellent awareness training, great workout (especially for me at 60 years), and the instilled skills to know if I can't run or avoid, then I have a better chance of surviving. Our fatigue drills prepared me for the climb up Pilchuk.05/08/2016 #6 Lisa Gallagher#5 This helps me to understand better @Leckey Harrison. What you described with regards to your response(s) you've experienced are the same or similar to mine. I too, hide it well. You mentioned butterflies.... oh wow, can I relate. I wake up with them and go to bed with them. I describe it as if I'm shaking from the inside out, muscles are tense all day, I get dizzy off and on, yes- anger increased (internally) rare I show it and finally, feel so drained before the day is over. This gives me hope knowing you have experienced much of what people do with anxiety disease or PTSD, knowing that TRE has helped tremendously. What is Krav maga? I haven't heard that one before? Thanks for sharing Leckey!05/08/2016 #5 Leckey Harrison#1 If by "an event is triggered" you mean a stressful event in real time, I feel my SNS activate. These days that allows me the choice to determine if it's a valid response. It is somewhat the same if I "get" triggered by an external event that touches on something still unreleased in the body. The response time is longer usually because it's in the healing process. What I feel in my body is the heightened level of adrenaline which is easy to feel, and the anxiety that goes with it, which is similar to "butterflies" in the stomach type of feeling. There is a spike of glucose which I feel in the body as readiness and wanting to move. The emotional response is different though since I've started doing TRE. I am more present to awareness, and so notice the nature of the event: is this translated as "fight," and the attendant type of emotions along the spectrum of anger. If I feel trapped at all (good indicator of past superstructures), I might feel fear spectrum emotions. Mostly though if the situation doesn't warrant "danger" per se, I can take a deep breath, and then my curiosity comes on line and it's to to engage and learn. NEW PARAGRAPH Yes, I experienced anxiety FAR more pre-TRE and at much higher levels. regularly. I hid it really well, but it was there. I also still use TRE after my krav maga classes to shake out physical tension, and to promote healing.05/08/2016 #1 Lisa GallagherThank you for sharing this @Leckey Harrison. It's always great to see a person and hear their voice after we get to know them. Now, on to your message- Can I ask what happens to your body when an event is triggered? Also, before you began using TRE did you experience anxiety more than not? I love the idea that your muscles feel more relaxed too after doing a work out and TRE! This is very promising and sharing this. Thank you for your service too. You are one of the hero's @Dr. Allen Brown mentioned on his post last eve.
- 29/07/2016Come join as as we look at the relationship between stress and illness. Better yet, we'll teach you the body's natural tool to release it. Learn the revolutionary method that's a couple hundred thousand years old!Release stress and heal with TRE®www.eventbrite.com Sixty to eighty percent of visits to physicians are for ailments whose root cause is stress, but three out of four physicians feel unqualified to advise their patients about how to relieve it. Even if they knew how, doctors couldn't relieve your...
- 21/07/2016I used TRE on my PTSD. Here's another story from a colleague in Madison, WI.Rise Above Adversity and Stress by Learning a New Toolunleashyourpractice.com
- 20/07/2016A good little primer on the tool I teach by the man who taught me, and created it.Trauma Release Exerciseswhattherapy.com Interview with founder of Trauma Release Exercises, a revolutionary way to let go of tension from known and unknown stresses and...
- Producer18/07/2016A man that matched the mountainThis is me and my sons hamming on the peak of Mt. Pilchuk yesterday. The trip was all about making a plan, then starting on it. Taking corrective actions as needed, and adapting. The goal was to get to, ascend and descend Mt. Pilchuk, and come home....
Comments26/07/2016 #9 Deb Helfrich#7 There is a ton of great stuff on their website., @Lisa Gallagher I have been captivated the last couple days with the implications of re-installing the 'tremor' mechanisms that we were meant to employ to deal with aftermath of a flood of hormones and neurotransmitters when a stressful situation dissipates.26/07/2016 #8 Leckey HarrisonHi Lisa,
I would steer you to our website at https://RaiseYourResilience.com, and take your time learning and possibly developing other questions. Then we can talk via the phone or Zoom, and you can decide from there what you'd like to do. If you prefer, you can skip the website and we can talk directly. I allow you the choice, just let me know.
Leckey26/07/2016 #7 Lisa Gallagher#6 @Leckey Harrison, would love to hear more about your treatment. I remember reading about it on Linkedin but my memory is not that great after reading so much. I think we can all learn from each other and some modalities of treatment work better for others as well!26/07/2016 #4 Deb HelfrichIt is the same contradiction, @Sarah Elkins, that means that I found this post a week too late and at just the right time. Shoot, I am confronting a set of different but equivalent patterns just thinking about a drive across the water to meet-up with @Leckey Harrison.
I have a bit of a helper pattern, but thinking it through it is my control patterning that is causing me aches and pains galore. I also notice that perhaps my career as a payroll software consultant further ingrained this feeling that something cannot be a "go" unless it has been rigorously planned, tested, contingencies outlined, backups secured, and hundreds of taxing localities voluminous regulations satisfied.
I have hit this place were everything seems monumental, necessitating a byzantinely complex set of maneuvers. Even the way I approached writing that sentence is showing me the gyrations that I have let become my default operating procedure over these last few months.
And yet, I know the 'summit' of England is exactly where my next chapter requires me to be. I decided. We decided. I am going to have to surrender to a simpler way of doing. Step, stop, step.
OK, @Gary Sharpe?26/07/2016 #3 Sarah ElkinsAwesome, @Leckey Harrison. Really a huge leap for you to take, and you took it one step at a time. I know that sounds like a contradiction, and it would be if we were talking about the physical challenge you faced. But in this case, it's exactly right, one step at a time gets you there. Great story with great lessons.18/07/2016 #1 Lisa GallagherWow @Leckey Harrison, I'm so happy for you! As someone who experiences are similar I was able to feel what you so visually described. My husband and I did a climb up a mountain in Maine and .5 miles up I sat down, I was shaking and had tears while saying I didnt think I could complete the other half of our climb to the top. After self talk, encouragement from my husband, I did it! I'm so glad you were able to ask for help and had this special time with your sons!
- 04/07/2016I share this because I think as a society, if we want to really start changing the health of this planet's inhabitants, we start looking at trauma first. Congrats to my colleague Dr. Melanie Salmon.TRE® CASE STUDY: HOW OFTEN IS BIPOLAR MISDIAGNOSED? – TRE® FOR AFRICAtreforafrica.com
- Producer01/07/2016They call it being in the trenchesI'm sure the title conjures up an image in your mind. Lets relate that image to stress. We all know what it feels like to be stressed. We might even be able to say what stressed us, but we may not be able to say exactly when our neurobiological...
Comments03/07/2016 #7 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDDefinitely a new and novel technique worthy of more exploration. And if it worked for you as a fireman helping firemen who see and smell human flesh differently than the rest of us, I believe it will help here. Thank you, @Leckey Harrison View moreDefinitely a new and novel technique worthy of more exploration. And if it worked for you as a fireman helping firemen who see and smell human flesh differently than the rest of us, I believe it will help here. Thank you, @Leckey Harrison! cc to: @Sara Jacobovici, @Gerald Hecht, @Lisa Gallagher, @Brian McKenzie, @Randy Keho! Close02/07/2016 #4 Lisa GallagherAwesome analogy you used with digging trenches @Leckey Harrison. I can relate to the lemonade even though I've never dug a trench. The website looks as though it has very useful tools. I will go back later when I have more time to take a deeper look. Thank you for sharing this!02/07/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDI get the analogy, and the periods of respite that also apply not only to the wounded, but to the weary Caregivers, too. I need to be spoon-fed just like you did here. Each step of the way, one step at a time. This beginning of understanding "Stress Relief" ~ like taking a coffee break that only makes you jittery on an empty stomach, then makes you need to use the restroom when it's a total and complete, archaic imposition....vs...."Stress Release" ~ like taking a vacation away from your 'Vacation' by just staying home and relaxing....did I get it right? We have to go for the "Release." Then we get regenerated, refreshed, and rejuvenated to go back and put out more fires (I know you're a firefighter, a First Responder like MDs). And that 'human factor' of socializing with those around us, whether at work or at home...that is so important because when we're trying and trying but everything around us...it's in black-and-white is a mistake, and ...and we'll never get ahead...and ... rEgrETs LInGEr... we live in a cOMa, neve r ... being QuItE aWAkE...we just beg to escape! Thank you for offering hope as we dig in and keep learning more. Stay with us, can you? @Randy Keho, @Brian McKenzie, @Rebel Brown, @Sara Jacobovici, @Lisa Gallagher, @Gerald Hecht, @Gary Sharpe, @Deb Helfrich, @debasish majumder, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, @Ali Anani.
- 28/06/2016Even though PTSD Awareness month draws to a close, for me it doesn't. Fair warning. I lived with it, healed it, and now help others learn how to heal their own.
Comments28/06/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD@Leckey Harrison: You and I don't need an official "National Awareness Month" deadline from which to confine us to talking about PTSD! Not at all. We keep talking, we keep moving, Upward & Onward! We've lived it, we've helped others overcome its debilitation, and we re-invest ourselves, thriving in 'giving back.'
- 25/06/2016I love teaching TRE®. Every body I encounter is different, and so working with all these variables to simply unlock the innate stress release/trauma healing mechanism is such a joy. I love watching people feel relaxed like never before. I love watching the light go on as they realize this is THEIR tool now.
- 25/06/2016Even professional athletes make mistakes. They are hurting people. And they get stupid, and destroy their own lives. Here's a pro athlete, on a high profile team, who got drunk, aimed a loaded gun at his wife, and threatened to kill her. Good bye career, It isn't just "gang bangers," or punks, or the mentally ill doing this kind of thing. Justice likely won't be the same, but the point is, we need to be trauma informed in our world, because hurt people, hurt people. We need to start focusing on healing hurt people. The homeless. The mentally ill. The traumatized, the stigmatized. And the pro athletes.Tarvaris Jackson arrested on charges of pulling gun on wifewww.sportingnews.com After having a gun pulled on her, Tarvaris Jackson’s wife replied that the QB “better be accurate because you ain’t accurate on the...
- Producer21/06/2016The Juniper RootIn light of some questions people have had regarding healing trauma, I wanted to share a story, as a metaphor to what healing trauma may be like. Even when using a tool like TRE®, which doesn't require a diagnosis or talking about it.I used to live...
Comments02/07/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#2 Great intro to open up the floor to the door on the Path to Wellness. No blind deception, no turning away. I can speak for myself that I'm going to be myself ~ an open book of transparency. Because there's 1 million people that feel the same way that I do...but they just don't say it. Losing your mind because you've lost your body..in finding out what you can...here AnD THeRe TrYiNg and TrYiNg and....TrYiNg and.....TrYiNg and.........keeping ON!23/06/2016 #1 Elizabeth HarrisAnother metaphor at the end with the juniper, dead and negative things in our life are sometimes more difficult to leave behind or take out. They take over important parts of ourselves and it is a harder work. At the end the result is a better and cleaner space for new and beautiful things. Lovely metaphor @Leckey Harrison
- 05/06/2016ACE test suggests that bottom line is 2/3 of the population. Freud discovered the same. They are adults now. Look around you. June is PTSD Awareness month.
Comments22/07/2016 #18 Leckey Harrison#17 I would say that's a freeze that occurs, of the fight/flight/freeze continuum. The overwhe,m is so much that in severe cases, the body shuts off: "plays possum" as it were. There is also the understanding that in quickly escalating events, there is a default pathway in the brain and that pathway means PFC and associated regions shut down, the speech center being one. In a chronic stress condition which traumatizes, the disconnect happens over time, and the neural networks between limbic and PFC regions atrophy, so the silence is an inward turning of looking for safety at all times, not exposing oneself via noise. This can also create the split of the personality that then begins to talk to themselves in psychotic and dissociated manners..22/07/2016 #17 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#15 I was just having a discussion with @Selim Yeniçeri about how some children witness a traumatizing event and try to scream, but nothing comes out. It is well known that some of these children can become mute for a time. And thinking that what you offer can be applied in this scenario. Please advise....it is so interesting to think of applying it to this patient population of our children. Just can't wait to see what you think! And thank you for being here....you're a wonderful help! We are blessed to have you, @Leckey Harrison!15/07/2016 #15 Leckey Harrison#14 Yes, there are different classifications of stress as it were, but the same nervous system. Intensity, and duration play roles as well. Stress of low to medium intensity ocver a long period will traumatize an organism as much as a single overwhelming event. Singlar events that create helplessness and terror rapidly often create freeze, and thosememories then got lost, though they are still in the body and brain.15/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#13 You make so many great points with this article...and the follow-up comments may be tongue-in-cheek as for me hiding my own pains, and thank you. You are always so positive and reassuring, quite a breath of fresh air. So I think I'm hearing that there are two main categories of stress... one being more the daily 'stresses' of making a living and turning on the lights...and the other being the more catastrophic, traumatic stress. It is so interesting, as they both overlap at different times and places. For example, when @Randy Keho told of his daughter's being held up at gunpoint to the head, it took me literally a full week to remember and realize that I had been through the same thing. I'm still intrigued that I could forget that trauma. And even now, talking and thinking about it doesn't really bother me. I never thought I'd 'get' to this place. I'm just grateful. And I'm sure that you specialize in making this so for others, on a more accelerated pace (my incident was in 1991) and professional basis. I'm glad people have you.12/07/2016 #13 Leckey Harrison#11 Stress can be accumulative, and then turn into PTSD. It's the distinction I make with the terms "traumatic stress," meaning, chronic stress eventually creates a traumatized organism. Stress directly related to trauma will do the same, and both together are crippling. I have such clients.20/06/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDBombshell: the highest incidence is in the most innocent of all, our children. I'm so sorry. I can't express how hard this hits me, and my initial reaction is to be infuriated that out of 100 views, no one commented before me. WE are all about SOLUTIONS, and I'm glad that someone can give a voice to the voiceless.