December 20, 2016 (Bryn Mawr, PA) - Dr. Jingduan Yang, renowned integrative psychiatrist and founder of Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine headquartered in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, offers expert perspective on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as may be brought on due to recent international terrorist attacks. PTSD is a common mental health disorder that can develop at any age as the result of a person’s inability to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The symptoms of PTSD vary with the individual and may be addressed and overcome through various non-drug, integrative mental health treatments as pioneered at Yang Institute.
“Many psychiatrists prescribe SSRI and other medications to symptomatically treat PTSD,” offers Dr. Yang, an expert in integrative psychiatry and medicine who emphasizes a natural, holistic approach to treating the mind. “Patients undergoing treatment for PTSD may overcome life-altering thinking and behaviors through various integrative mental health modalities. This starts with testing for a genetic predisposition to an epigenetic biochemical imbalance. From there we can determine scientifically-proven, non-invasive treatments including: neuro-emotional therapy that desensitize one’s emotional and physical reaction to the trauma related triggers; advanced nutrient therapy that corrects the biochemical imbalance triggered by the trauma due to the genetic predisposition; neurofeedback that trains the brain to return to a normal status of function; transcranial magnetic stimulation also know as TMS that effectively relieves depression, anxiety and pain; acupuncture that energetically removes the blockage caused by the emotional and physical trauma; and mindfulness based meditation that helps to reduce the body’s reaction to trauma.”
To understand the nature of PTSD, a medical professional must determine how the specific trauma has impacted the individual. A traumatic experience will generate significant change in the cognitive, emotional and physical brain. The cognitive brain regulates our consciousness, thoughts, reasoning and judgment. The emotional brain reacts with fear, anger, sadness, anxiety and apathy. The physiological brain may react with increased heart rate, organ dysfunction, sweating, or other physical behaviors manifested as result of the experience of the trauma.
These changes permanently affect us consciously or unconsciously. We can process the trauma cognitively through therapy or simply suppress them to “move on,” but the emotional and physical memory of the trauma never leaves. Without desensitizing people from the emotional and physical memory at the unconscious level, one can never really move on.
Most importantly however is understanding that an individual’s PTSD response is further complicated by the following factors:
- Biochemical Reaction – If someone has a genetic predisposition to a bio-chemical imbalance, the trauma will trigger the genetic expression and consequently the chemical reaction that lasts longer and does much more damage than the trauma itself. PTSD can be an epigenetic disorder and makes treatment much harder than it appears.
- Life Experience – People who have a different belief system perceive the same events differently. These individuals feel and react per their personal view of the world and life, which is another factor that affects the severity of person’s PTSD experience.
- Mind-Body Disconnections – Six months following the trauma people who seek professional talk therapy have a natural desire to move on with their lives, to survive the trauma, and tend to suppress the memory to an unconscious level so they may perceive to “move on” even though the emotional and physical impact of the incident cannot disappear through talk therapy. Embedded in the body unconsciously, this individual may “relive” the trauma when life presents situations that can repetitively evoke a similar emotional and physical reaction that keep traumatizing them. Eventually this person becomes scarred because they no longer understand the root of their fear, which is why PTSD is such a stubborn and challenging situation to treat and often leads to medication that makes a person numb and becomes the solution of mainstream psychiatry – therapy + medication.
Alternatively, Dr. Yang, a board certified psychiatrist, integrative medicine physician and renowned acupuncturist, recommends the following integrative and non-drug treatments to successfully overcome PTSD and achieve a mentally healthy lifestyle. These holistic, non-invasive techniques may be practiced along with the guidance of a professional therapist or individually by following Dr. Yang’s tips from his book, “Facing East.” The most critical component in addressing and overcoming PTSD is for the person suffering to embrace the core emotions of the trauma and follow therapies they can do for themselves afterwards:
- Embrace the emotions and process them with help of mental health professionals: Overcoming the fear of getting hurt or feeling of shame, seeking professional help through counseling and therapy help the victim of PTSD regain the sense of control and self-esteem. Otherwise, the victim may repeat the similar traumatic experience in an unconscious attempt to “get it right” but end up being hurt again.
- Do not self-medicate with alcohol or drugs: it causes more harm than good in the long run!
- Test for genetic predisposition and biochemical imbalance: Seek the counsel of a specialist in epigenetic medicine of mental health to determine a bio-chemical imbalance through blood and urine testing.
- Neuro-emotional therapy: It helps desensitize your reaction to the traumatic event that happened in the past as well as in the present. Simple self-help tips can be found in Dr. Yang’s book: Facing East.
- Acupuncture: One of the most distinguished healing sciences of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has the capacity to tap into very microscopic and energetic levels of the human body where both mental and physical functions reside. It is a powerful intervention, not only for physical wellbeing, but for emotional and mental functions as well.
- qEEG and neurofeedback: qEEG can measure precisely how the trauma has affected your brain function which guides a powerful brain training via neurofeedback to correct the abnormalities.
- TMS: The latest FDA-cleared therapy for depression, TMS uses precisely targeted magnetic pulses that stimulate key areas of the brain that are underactive in patients with depression. It is non-invasive, effective (75% success rates), has very few side effects, fewer than 1% of patients have discontinued treatment due to adverse events, it is safe for pregnant women and adolescents, and it is covered by major insurance companies. Off label, TMS experts found that this therapy is even more effective for people with PTSD than depression.
To learn more about Dr. Yang’s pioneering integrative psychiatry and techniques for treating PTSD without drugs, visit https://www.amazon.com/Facing-East-Ancient-Health-Secrets/dp/0062363468 to learn from his book “Facing East.”
About Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine:
Dr. Jingduan Yang, a 5th generation Chinese medicine doctor, neurologist, board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and integrative medicine physician founded Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine (formally Tao Institute of Mind and Body Medicine) in 2004. A team of physicians and providers who specialize in mental health, primary care, integrative medicine, functional medicine and Chinese medicine work together to identify and treat the root cause of disease. Through comprehensive diagnostic techniques including medical exams, quantitative EEGs, and specialty lab tests, Yang Institute uses integrative treatment approaches such as psychotherapy, TMS, neurofeedback, bio-identical hormone therapy, acupuncture, advanced nutrient therapy, IV therapy, meditation, and lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Treatment options can be used individually or combined and customized based on the specific conditions of each patient.
Yang Institute for Integrative Medicine, headquartered in Bryn Mawr, PA, also has offices in New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Marlton, NJ. Inquiries and appointments are available by calling 610-520-1128 or visiting online at www.taoinstitute.com.