Trauma is defined as an “uncontrollable and terrifying life event”. It can happen in a split second, or over a much longer period of time. We can also be traumatised by stories and news events that we witness or hear from others.
An example of trauma happening over a longer period would be the experiences of combatants who continuously risk their lives in conflict, and who have seen their comrades fall in front of their own eyes. Having to continually stay alert, and go into each next situation, responding immediately to events as they happen, eventually takes its toll, resulting in the traumatic experiences getting psychologically “locked in”.
On returning home it can be difficult to re-integrate into family life, causing anger, hypertension and exhaustion from being constantly hyper vigilant. To try and deal with these emotions the individual often tries to numb the memories out by turning to drink or drugs, or withdrawing from society.
I work with veterans and active service personnel to help them overcome the memories of their traumatic experiences and get their lives back on track.
Staff Sergeant Brian Davis, Former Army Special Forces, USA
“I am a retired Special Forces, and Army Ranger Sniper soldier, who has seen combat in several locations around the world. I have known for years that I looked at the world differently after coming back from combat. I did not know how to deal with the nightmares, flashbacks etc. Using Tapas Acupressure Technique, I have changed from being an emotionally cut off soldier, father and husband. I finally have my life back and can become the father, son and husband that I once was.”
Master Sergeant (E8) Mario Cirinise, US Army
Master Sergeant (E8) Mario Cirinise describes how he is getting over Combat Trauma using an Energy Psychology technique called TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) following a ten-day workshop for combat veterans and active servicemen and their families in Columbus, Georgia, USA, in 2008. (Video courtesy of Harold McRae & Mario Cirinise).