Steve Zager: Putting out the fire of trauma
My friend John almost lost his life in a house fire in Grass Valley.
For the next few months he became unemployed, homeless, depressed and anxious. He had trouble sleeping.
He felt disconnected from everyone and kept reliving the event over and over in his mind.
He was constantly on alert for signs of burning. The smell and sight of smoke from cooking or cigarettes would trigger uncontrollable anxiety attacks and the sound of an alarm would make him sick with panic.
He developed a phobia of anything associated with fire and started drinking too much.
After a long period of taking refuge with friends and living rough, John was referred to a trauma therapist who specializes in The Rewind Technique.
After only a small handful of sessions, John was able to sleep peacefully through the night, no longer disturbed by nightmares nor overreacting when he heard an emergency vehicle pass by or car alarm sound off.
As John’s traumatic memory faded into the past and his moods stabilized, he stopped drinking, found a home for himself and got a job as a volunteer firefighter.
“For such a long time, no one could understand what I was going through. I had given up hope. The Rewind Technique has given me new life and helped me to realize that the trauma I experienced has actually provided me with skills I can use to fight fire instead of fearing it. Firefighters are usually the first to respond and the last to seek help. I wish I had gotten help sooner,” he said.
Post Traumatic Stress is a serious condition which affects people with symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, mood swings, crying jags, self-abuse, addiction, phobia, obsessive behavior and even suicide.
Without effective treatment, the condition often worsens with time.
“Recovery from trauma or phobia with The Rewind Technique is a safe and relaxing experience,” said Nirupa Mayi, a fully qualified practitioner working privately in Nevada City. “The technique is based on a sound body of scientific knowledge and differs from other trauma therapies because there is no need to dredge up miserable memories or discuss any upsetting detail.”
Traumatic events are not just confined to major incidents such as the outbreak of war, terrorist attacks or airplane crashes. Post Traumatic Stress can be caused by any frightening event which induces extreme emotional overload.
“There’s nothing good to be said about traumatic stress or phobia,” said Nirupa Mayi. “But the good news is that no one has to suffer, the person begins to feel better after the first session with The Rewind Technique and all negative symptoms usually disappear within a matter of days.”
Many people become traumatized and homeless after a fire devastates their property.
This kind of tragedy is likely to occur in the drought-ridden, heavily forested areas in Nevada County and another hot, dry summer is fast approaching with the threat of forest fire, putting many homes and people in the community at risk.
The fire will go out after the house has burned down but the trauma it leaves behind for the people who lived in the house and the people who volunteer to fight the fire will not always go away so fast, until they get the right kind of help.
My friend John, the volunteer firefighter, is ready to respond to fire outbreak and ready to encourage people traumatized by the experience to get the help they need.
For more information about The Rewind Technique and trauma, please contact Nirupa Mayi by email at email@example.com.
Steve Zager lives in Cascade Shores.
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