HOW TO DEAL WITH PTSD || Richard Grannon

– To maintain a good
state as much as possible. (rhythmic instrumental music) How to start to deal with PTSD. We’ve spoken a little bit
about what it represents, and where it comes from,
what it actually means to have your brain hijacked
by this reptilian monster that the slightest sign of any threat or even the memory of a
previous threat fires off and completely overreacts
and completely distorts the processing of threat
and the reaction to threat. Because the HPA access in your brain, the threat mechanism
that determines what is an appropriate threat and what
is an appropriate response to that threat is now off-kilter. It’s not broken, it’s
malfunctioning, it can be fixed. The way we fix it is exactly the same ways in which you can emotionally
reregulate somebody. PTSD, combat veterans with
PTSD if they’re tested for borderline personality disorder. They tick a lot of the same boxes. It is not borderline personality disorder. But it looks like it, and
it could be somewhat useful to the extent that the remedies that are prescribed for
borderline personality disorder will work for people who’ve been exposed to a lot of horrifying violence and have their internal
boundaries crushed by it. If they use the same
techniques and tactics that work to ameliorate the symptoms of borderline personality disorder. And one of the things that borderline personality disorder therapy
seek to address is that, look, it’s an impact, it’s a mood disorder. Your mood, your feeling, your state on a day-to-day basis
is highly dysregulated. What is the problem with
that for combat veterans? Well, be they men or women, it is likely that combat veterans
have a self-perception. There are certain political leanings that they’re more likely to have. There are certain world views
they’re more likely to have. But they will probably
value their independence, their strength, and their decisiveness, and their ability to handle pressure. So, why then is PTSD so awful? Because for these people, for all of us, we would all be impacted by this. But for these people, people like myself, I share those values. It’s very shameful to
then have these emotional and psychological issues afterwards. Thank God we’ve moved forward. And we live in times
where we can actually talk about these things in a
way that is reasonable. Because 116 years ago
people were being shot for cowardice if they
displayed the symptoms of what was then known as
battle stress or battle fatigue. The authoritative hierarchy
above them panicked that if a lot of infantrymen
decided that they didn’t go to war they would lose control of them. And they thought that one
of the best ways to deal with that was to punish a few
of them very, very harshly. Many people who were actually
convicted of cowardice were actually not shot, too many were. How many is too many, any at all. Nobody should have been shot for having a reasonable human response
to the horror of warfare. I mentioned before the crushing
of internal boundaries. Let me give you two tips that
is actually gonna help you. One is you need to be aware of your state, your physical, emotional, and psychological state on
a moment-to-moment basis. This is gonna help you to
have to develop a discipline and a structure to emotionally
reregulate yourself. I’m gonna train you trough
these videos to combat the enemy that you were not trained
for in military training. Because they don’t understand it and they don’t know about it. Most of psychology
struggles with this subject because it’s very hard to
treat people with PTSD. One of the reasons why
it’s hard to treat people with PTSD is because they
become allergic to therapy. The therapy process becomes the very thing that fires them off. This is probably a good way of doing it. You can tune into for a YouTube clip. You can take a few techniques. If you like the medium,
and you like the messenger, and you like the message,
then you can play with it in your own time, and
you’re still in control. Nobody is invading your
space and telling you this is how you need to do it. So become aware of your state
on a moment-to-moment basis and the things that impact your state. And your objective with
this is to maintain a good state as much as possible. So, if you are feeling peaceful, and calm, and centered, and in control of yourself, let’s say that for the
purpose of this exercise, which is overcoming PTSD
that that is your goal state. If you want to, if you choose to, and you find it useful
you could go away now and physically write down with
a pen and a piece of paper what the attributes of
your goal states would be. How do you then get there? Well, let’s first then,
you’ve written down your five things, let’s look
at the things you shouldn’t do. Let’s make a list of five things that are not gonna help
you to be in a good state. Not sleeping, relying too much on drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Not training, not getting outside in the sun, and doing moderate exercise. I need to talk about exercise and PTSD. And I’ll make a footnote
once we finish this list. And then the fifth one could be not eating properly and
not hydrating properly. I’m telling you to tell yourself to do it, to be the sergeant inside your own head, to be the drill instructor
inside your own head that says, hey, tomorrow morning I’m
gonna get up at a decent time. And I’m gonna go out, and
I’m gonna take some exercise. I’m gonna come back,
I’m gonna clean myself. I’m gonna shower myself,
I’m gonna dress properly. I’m gonna take care of
this entity that is me. And I’m gonna eat properly,
and I’m gonna eat healthily. Okay, you’ve written five attributes that will make up your
goal state, five things that you’re maybe doing
right now that are not gonna fuckin’ help you
get into that goal state. This is a goal state for every day. And this is training, it’s back to drill. The more you do it the stronger
you will be at doing it. It’s a skill, it’s a strength. Do it again, do it again,
and then do it again. And make controlling how you feel and being in good
states, a positive state, taking care of yourself
something that you want to do. You’ve got to be in this fight, and you’ve gotta be ready to move forward. Because when that negative feedback is coming this way you’ve
gotta have that determination to be like fuck you, get out
of the way, and keep going. Don’t stop just because
it hurts a little bit. Don’t stop just because it’s inconvenient. Keep fucking going, and go for it. You’ve gotta do this aggressively and with tenacious
resolve or it won’t work. Because you’re now fighting
primal unconscious systems of the human entity that
are from ancient times that are evolved to keep you safe. And they’re hurting you,
they don’t mean to do that. But they’re malfunctioning,
the system is in malfunction. So we need to get back
into the right attitude, our relationship to the ground. We need to get back to the right attitude. And we need to straighten
up and fly right. I think that’s a Frank Sinatra song. Okay, we’ve got our five
attributes of our goal state. We’ve got the five
things we’re gonna not do anymore because they don’t help us. You know, caffeine and nicotine, even that guys, I love caffeine. My God, I love caffeine so much. But you gotta restrict that,
you’ve gotta restrict it. Nicotine, you’ve gotta be careful. You gotta look after yourself,
you gotta control your state. These things are stimulants. If they’re still working they’ll stimulate you, so you become adrenalized. And that can fire off a flashback. Or if their no longer working
because you’re hardened to them they will stimulate
your into a crash, and then you’ll feel depressed. So be careful even with over-the-counter taxed, wink, legal drugs. The taxable drugs, they’re
not safe, it’s not okay. Alcohol can be disastrous,
way more disastrous than weed, or ecstasy, or the
non-taxable illegal drugs for people who are
emotionally dysregulated. Because one of the effects of alcohol is emotional dysregulation,
it’s disinhibiting. It takes the breaks off, so you’ll feel a little bit of emotion. And then we’ll add
alcohol, and the emotion goes, blah, and it’s off the charts. Okay, so five elements of our goal state. Five things we’re not gonna do anymore. Now we come to this thing over here, which is our boundaries. So, I said to you before one
of the effects of suffering from PTSD is the smashing
of internal boundaries. So, basic training smashes
your internal boundaries. Look, if I am a government,
and I want infantrymen, or I want soldiers in any capacity, I don’t really want people who are gonna potentially disobey my orders. I need order, I need there to be orders. You must obey me, and you need to be trained to obey me thoughtlessly. And the ways in which they get you to do that effectively start to erode or erase your internal boundaries. An internal boundary lets
me know that your feelings are your feelings, and my
feelings are my feelings. Your thoughts are your thoughts and my thoughts are my thoughts. And it also lets me have
an internal boundary between my feelings and my thoughts. If these things break I
don’t know the difference between your feelings and my feelings. I don’t know the difference between your thoughts and my thoughts. And I don’t even know
the difference between in my own system between my
thoughts and my feelings. Sometimes I can have a
feeling. (snaps fingers) Oh, my girlfriend is cheating on me. And then it becomes a thought. And even though there
is no data to support that paranoid belief
it becomes true for me because I don’t have the
internal boundary left to say that’s a feeling,
it’s not a thought. There’s no external
objective scientific data that backs that, you just feel that way. So let’s then rationally
focus on the feeling. Can’t do that if you’re internal
boundaries are shattered. So, you’re actually primed. Well, I believe you’re
twice primed for PTSD. I believe that you’ll be primed in childhood and that most of the people who join the military will have CPTSD from their adverse childhood
experiences, not all, but many.

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  1. This is such a valuable video!
    I just downloaded the course and I'm gonna start wokring on it right away!
    Thank you!

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