“I am feeling pulled in two different directions. One part of me wants to sleep and another cannot keep still. I can not sleep and I cannot move nor can I keep still.”
How is it possible? Inability to move and inability to keep still. When we explored it, inability to move meant inability to meet his deadlines related to work and yet was unable to sleep or rest.
Sign of depression? Possibly…He was torn with what was happening in the world. Likely we will see more clients coming to us with this very issue. We are not just individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, we are Nations, Countries suffering from PTSD. Click here to hear what Dr. John Omaha, the author of PTSD Nation has to say. He looks at the DSM IV and notes how the symptoms for PTSD are prolific in the United States.
Jack Kornfield, Phd.
With the increasing chaos and violence in the world, therapists are likely to see more and more clients with this very issue.
In his case, although it was his ancestral home that was in chaos, he still had very close ties to his home.
According to Wikipedia there are presently 14 ongoing conflicts in the world with over 1,000 deaths a year and another 33 areas with armed conflict resulting in deaths of under 1,000 people a year. Visit this page to see for yourself.
According to Lloyd DeMause, who has introduced us to a new field of psychohistory, war is the result of poor child rearing practices, mainly abuse of children. Abuse of children is really about early childhood trauma. How many children are now being traumatized throughout the world with the armed conflicts, the detention centres. Dr. Gabor Mate, our own renown Canadian author and leading expert in addictions and ADHD, corroborates these findings. There is even more research today that makes it very clear how stress, anxiety of pregnant mothers will result in the future health mental health of the unborn child. As a therapist, other than to protest, I am not sure what I can do. All I can do is be totally present for my client. What did I do for him? I stayed totally present and invited him to do the same. Following Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness principles we remained totally present with his “symptoms”. The result: a sense of release and a sense of peace, at least for the time being, in spite of all the chaos in the world.