Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD)
Hard to Change when Your Identity Is So Wrapped Up in a Traumatic Past | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Hi, Belleruth,

I was molested starting at one month by my grandfather and two friends…first orally then other ways as time went on.

At age seven I was raped on vacations in the summer by my Grandfather until I got my period.

I always had memories and dreams that clued me something had happened, but then at age fifty I saw the first molestation and over the years I saw and re-experienced more and more.
Over the last forty five years I have done therapy, a few years of meds. Yoga meditation, inner child work therapy,  guided meditation, de-traumatizing body work, many years of rebirthing, some EMDR, processing support group,  and just talking with friends..

These past years I have returned to meditation and Yoga and faith for stabilization.

Everything has helped a lot.

Is She Asking the Wrong Question and Exactly How Scary Is This Husband? | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Dear Belleruth,

I read about getting rid of recurring nightmares on your website. Here is my question:

My husband has been having a repeating nightmare about me being hurt by a robed attacker with a knife. I've been researching what we can do to help him.

This has been going on for four months.  He's becoming aggressive and can't focus on much.  He broke his nose in a drunken stupor last week.  
I've sat on the phone with him for hours, reassuring him that everything is okay, that my angels are looking after the both of us and that I’m fine, but it is taking longer and longer to calm him down.  
I'm clinically depressed most of the time now, and I try to hide it but that upsets him too.  I tell him I’m getting better. 

I feel responsible, and I am. I love him, and I need to find a way to help him.

Please, email if you have anything, proven or not, that I may be able to do in order to help get rid of this recurring nightmare.   


Whoa!! Intensive Cognitive Therapy in 7 Consecutive Days Helps PTSD Sufferers | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2014

UK Researchers from the University of Oxford, the Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Mental Health Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley, the NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London investigated whether cognitive therapy for PTSD can be delivered effectively in a shortened, 7-day intensive version of a method that is normally  administered weekly or bi-weekly over several months.
Patients with chronic PTSD (N=121) were randomlzed to 7-day intensive cognitive therapy for PTSD; 3 months of standard weekly cognitive therapy; 3 months of weekly emotion-focused supportive therapy, or a 14-week waiting list condition.

The primary outcomes measured were change in PTSD symptoms and diagnosis as measured by independent assessor ratings and self-report.

Dealing with Traumatic Grief after Husband Dies Suddenly and Inexplicably | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Dear Belleruth,

My husband died of a massive heart attack in Iraq at the end of December. We just received the autopsy results last week, after waiting that long....

I tried once to go to a grief support group, but was the only one that showed up (I live in the wilderness)….

I have 3 of your CD's... but have found that my mind wanders so much, that I hesitated to get the Ease Grief one, since I cannot seem to keep my mind on anything for longer than 3 minutes.  

Any suggestions?

Dina H.

Sometimes Books, Audios Can Fill the Breach when Therapy is Too Expensive… | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hello. I am a trauma survivor, the kind that is the most seasoned from early life abuse and patterns of self-destructive behavior. Although the acting out ended decades ago, I am truly impressed at how much work it is to heal from this kind of trauma which is related to my sexuality.

I'm writing mainly to say a deep, heartfelt THANK YOU to Belleruth for helping me find genuine relief and therapy through her book and guided imagery for trauma survivors.

I say ‘better late than never’ as it took this long to find what soothes and heals the wounds. I have also found refuge in Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, which is used for war veterans to regulate their breathing and hormone levels related to PTSD.

Group Mindfulness-Based Therapy Shows Promise for Combat Stress | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 24 March 2014

Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor investigated the feasibility, appeal, and clinical efficacy of an MBCT (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) group intervention, adapted for combat-related posttraumatic stress, or PTSD, as the VA still calls it.
Consecutive patients seeking treatment for chronic PTSD at a VA outpatient clinic were enrolled in 8-week MBCT groups, modified for posttraumatic stress (four groups, n = 20) or brief treatment-as-usual (TAU) comparison group interventions (three groups, n = 17).
Pre- and post-therapy psychological assessments used the CAPS scale (clinician administered PTSD scale) on all patients.  In addition, the MBCT groups filled out , self-report measures (the PTSD diagnostic scale, PDS, and the posttraumatic cognitions inventory, PTCI).

Is There a Difference vs Posttraumatic Stress and Heartbreak? | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014


Hello -- love your work. Thank you.

One small quibble: I see that in the catalog your "heartbreak" material got listed under Posttraumatic Stress.

I worked the recovery effort at the World Trade Center (well -- I made coffee for the guys who worked in hell and hugged them when they left hell to come to me on hell's fringes) and know a lot of people who have truly seen the worst of the worst. Some of them - unsurprisingly - have PTSD.

It can be tough to get them to deal with it in some cases, and they can be rightfully touchy. One of "my" guys - who truly went through hell thousands of times: he's the bravest man I know - called me in a fury recently.  He'd read an article about a woman claiming she had PTSD because someone pinched her. He felt (and I agreed) that that cheapened his experience (and it's very hard for PTSD sufferers to be taken seriously, as you know).

I'd move the "Heartbreak" material out of the PTSD section for the same reason. Heartbreak is awful -- I've been there. But PTSD is different and worse.

Please consider reorganizing that listing. "My" boys would appreciate it.


Her Health Fell Apart after a Cardiac Scare – What to Do? | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2014


Hi Belleruth,
I would like to get a tape for a friend who has had a series of health issues after having a cardiac event, which in the end turned out to be nothing serious, although she was quite scared.

She was healthy and vibrant before the event. Now it seems like there are non-stop health issues (digestive issues, odd pains, hypervigilance, fear everything is cancer, etc.), some of which are likely psychosomatic in nature.

What tape would you suggest for her to recover her past health and well being?

Thank you!

What to Do for the Worst Case of Anxiety Ever…. | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 24 February 2014


I’m an LPC and LMFT and attended one of your workshops (Houston, 2004 maybe). I refer a lot of clients to your website to purchase CDs and love your work.

I have a new client who is on Lexapro, Resperdil, and Xanax for the most severe anxiety Ive seen in my 42 years counseling.
Jan. 2013 he suffered a spinal cord injury in a ski accident/long rehab/finally back to work as an attorney and walking w/crutches. Doing well.

Then several months later, he falls apart w/anxiety, physical pain in legs and legs shaking constantly/spastic - finally quits going to work and is now in a wheelchair.
Had another brain and spinal cord MRI and doctors find nothing wrong. Just sits & does NOTHING. No hope. Becoming irritated by everything.

I had them buy your Ease Pain CD and Healthful Sleep (as hes getting only a few hours of sleep). He listened to Ease Pain only a few times and says it irritates him and he refuses to listen.

Any suggestions?

Thank you.

Trauma Imagery Gets a Shout-Out from a Sleepless EMT | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 17 February 2014
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BR got this wonderful note from a hard working EMT who was suffering from all the times he couldn’t save someone –the images of kids especially stayed in his mind and kept him awake at night.  Check it out:  

Dear Belleruth,

I figured out recently that I have PTSD.  I am an EMT who has seen a lot of hard situations.  

The scenes that stayed with me, kept me awake at night, were the ones where I tried but couldn’t help, in spite of my best efforts.  Especially the failures with kids got to me. It was years of building up.

My social worker girlfriend hooked me up with the HJ site.  The reviews of the Trauma imagery got my attention.  I ordered the download and to my surprise, it helped me immediately. I listened to it every night for about a week. It never failed to bring tears to my eyes, but they were good tears and I was okay with that.

These days I listen to it every now and then.  It is my booster shot.

I sleep well now.  I stopped faulting myself for the failures. I do the best I can and I know I am good at my job.  I feel strong and appreciative of what I try to do. I know I make a difference when I can.

I want to encourage others to use it.  It’s the best thing I’ve done for myself when it comes to emotional trauma from the work I do.

Andrew P.

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