Observations on Boiling Frogs: Part 3 of 3

In my last blog post, we touched on how hypervigilance, a symptom of PTSD, is manifested in the brain.  From our original metaphor, it is easy to see how a frog becomes comfortable in a pot of water set to boil.  Ultimately, the frog succumbs to the heat and is not able to “get away” from the cause of its ultimate demise.  Likewise, a warrior exposed to continuous combat begins to adapt to his or her hostile environment and ultimately becomes forever on-guard.  As I mentioned at the end of

Liz Carpenter's Empowering Question

As a recently Certified Subconscious Restructuring® Coach/Counselor, I find myself noticing when people spontaneously program the subconscious mind to get much-needed answers.  One such example came across my desk today in a 1985 Texas Monthly article on aging gracefully by Liz Carpenter, the journalist, speechwriter, and activist in the women's movement in the 70s.  I know, 1985 was a long time ago, already!  But Mrs. Carpenter passed away this Saturday and a friend forwarded the article. 

Observations on Boiling Frogs: Part 2 of 3

In my last blog, I highlighted the symptom and emotional state of PTSD known as hypervigilance.  To go a step deeper into understanding this emotional state, I’d like to present some recent science that helps us understand how the brain works and to present some recent discoveries that may shed some light on future and promising non-drug related solutions.  I believe that non-drug solutions and processes are even more important in treating stress related emotional states than drug therapies, as these modalities focus on the problem and not on the symptoms.  To put it another way, think abou