NOTES FROM ‘THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE’
‘Given the complexity of mind, brain and human atttachment systems, understanding/diagnosing what is ‘wrong’ with people currently is more a question of mind-set of the practitioner (and of what insurance companies will pay for) than of verifiable, objective facts’.
Sometimes patients can get 5 or 6 or more different diagnoses’s.
Different diagnosis’s determine how we approach their care:
- If doctors focus on mood swings, they will be identified as Bipolar/ then lithium or valproate will be prescribed
- If doctors focus on their ‘despair’ they will be told they have Depression and given a wide range of anti-depressants.
- If doctors focus on their restlessness and lack of attention ADHD might be diagnoses. Then ritalin or other stumulants are given
- If the patient happens to take a ‘Trauma History’ and the patient volunteers their relevant info they will be identified with PTSD or CPTSD etc. and advised to get other therapies EMDR etc.
‘None of these diagnosis will be completely off the mark and none of these will begin to meaningfully describe who the patients are and what they suffer from.’
In regards to EMDR therapy:
Most people are hesitant to go into the past pain and disappoinment — it only promises to bring back the intolerable. But as they are mirrored and witnessed, a new reality begins to take shape. Accurate mirroring feels completely different from being ignored, criticized and put down. IT gives you PERMISSION to feel what you feel and know what you know..one of the essential foundations of recovery.
Trauma causes people to remain stuck in interpreting the present in light of an unchanging past.