PTSD – Afraid to Burn Alive?

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Caught in Flames – Physical & Emotional Trauma

Healing PTSD Trauma” Will Heal Your Emotions

Christel B. D’Agostino, MSW. LCSW-R, CtH

Healing PTSD Trauma” on CD resolves your post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and heals your emotions after your trauma. Yet, when caught in flames and suffering from sheer intolerable pain of second and third degree burns, all you yearn for is relief from the heat exuding from your traumatized body.

Exposure therapy has been attempted to help burn victims and PTSD patients desensitize from having been caught in a fire. However, instead of calming and soothing the physical pain, therapists witnessed how the patients were heating up even more so while exposed to the virtual reality of the usual PTSD exposure therapy scenario.

Prof. Hunter Hoffman had the ingenious idea that, if the patients’ burning flesh could be cooled down, patients might experience less discomfort and develop less anxiety and less reinforcement of their trauma while waiting for their dressing to be changed in the treatment room.

Prof. Hoffman and a few others created a unique virtual reality game: a snowball fight which cooled his patients flesh and took their minds off the pain of treatment. Patients put on helmets and noise-canceling headphones and emerged themselves into the Snow World to throw snowballs at snowmen, penguins, igloos and mammoths.

Prof. Hoffman’s idea worked: patients acknowledged that the video game had a cooling effect on their flesh and they felt calmer about treatment.

It is great that burn patients are getting an icy distraction from their physical pain in some trauma centers. If aside from the Snow World video, burn victims feel  the need to resolve their emotional trauma of being engulfed in flames,  “Healing PTSD Trauma” on CD offers a gentle, safe method to neutralizing the energies of  trauma, the fear of fire.

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