Skip to comments.Army to Test ‘Power Dreaming’ to Combat PSTD-Related Nightmares
Posted on 10/22/2011 12:38:20 AM PDT by Watchdog85
The U.S. Army recently awarded a contracting firm a nearly half a million dollar contract to support its Power Dreaming Project.
Wired Danger Room reports the following scenario that the Army hopes to begin testing next here to help soldiers suffering with PSTD:
A soldier tries to sleep. But he is not safe in his dreams. Jolted awake by a nightmare, the combat veteran fumbles in the dark for his 3-D glasses.
He puts them on. Around him are the faces of people whom he trusts. They fight the darkness with him. The soldiers re-lived this scene in his head and the laboratory over and over again, until it has become reassuringly familiar. The soldier knows that his pixelated friends will take him away from these troubled dreams. When the scene is over, he takes off his goggles and looks around him. The soldier is home.
The research for this sort of therapy will take place at the Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash. According to the National Center for PSTD, run through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, while only 5 percent of the general population complain of nightmares, the number jumps to 52 percent for combat veterans.
This new research is a similar build off of what the National Center for PSTD calls Imagery Rehersal Therapy:
In IRT, the person who is having nightmares, while awake, changes how the nightmare ends so that it no longer upsets them. Then the person replays over and over in their minds the new dream with the non-scary ending. Research shows that this type of treatment can reduce how often nightmares occur.
Wired has more:
The hope is that these power dreams can be watched from laptops and home training and 3-D goggles work to gradually enhance the strength of these new neurological images, according to the presentation that outlines the programs aims.
The project is another twist on biofeedback therapy, in which a PTSD-sufferer is fed real-time data on his physical stress levels so that he can be cued to calm down. If he successfully brings down his heart rate and anxiety levels, he may be rewarded with visual cues. One example of this brain-wave therapy is in use to heal troubled veterans.
The problem with existing biofeedback methods is that many patients arent able to easily call up imaginary scenarios in their heads that will cue them to relax. So this experiment hopes to get soldiers to custom-design scenes that they can play back to themselves.
The computer program for soldiers to build out imaginary worlds and avatars on will be based on the virtual world Second Life. It will allow dream sequences to be custom designed to develop physio-emotional states to counteract the reactive stress response inherent in trauma memories.
Wired states soldiers will use a program called Second Life to customize their dream worlds. Wired also notes, that this is not the sequel script to Inception.
Link to contract:
If this helps our soldiers I am all for it.
Defense spending is clearly a federal responsibility according to the constitution. If they spend $500 million on a stupid electric cars, they can spend this trying to heal traumatized young men sent to fight on our behalf.
This would tie in well with the recent announcement that scientists are close to being able to “record” dreams. If the exact dream situation can be recorded, and used as the template for the rewriting, I would think it would be that much more effective. Also, allegedly, the recording technology shows promise for being able to go the other way too, and “write” dreams into the brain, which would mean that the soldier could wear the system while actually sleeping, and the system would recognize when the dream is occurring and “write” in the new ending in real time.
And yeah, the darker implications of that technology were already well-debated.
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Mr. Kesavan serves on the Board of the Rainforest Alliance, a New York based nonprofit environmental organization committed to protecting ecosystems by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. He is also the vice chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the United States. In addition, he is an active supporter of IIMPACT, a nonprofit focused on primary education for girls from economically- and socially-underprivileged rural areas of India.
Mr. Kesavan received the Executive of the Year award in 2009 from the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards in the large-sized firm category. He was also named a Tech Titan and industry leader by Washingtonian magazine in 2011.
Mr. Kesavan received his Master of Science degree from the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his postgraduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his Bachelor of Technology degree (chemical engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Another U.N. Climate Change advocate.
Worth a try.
If it works, I don’t care if it costs a billion dollars, or ten.
The entire idea is like putting out a fire by dowsing it with a bucket of gasoline.
Our souls are sometimes tested spiritually. This is a different perception than mental phenomenon, but mental phenomenon may be altered by that perception.
Christianity is a spiritual life.
When tested by situations described in the article, even in dreams, the solution is provided to us by God through faith in Christ. From study of His Word, God the Holy Spirit grows our spirit and sanctifies our soul.
Testing is part of that life. When we remain in fellowship with Him throughout the testing, we are advancing in His walk.
If we choose to rewrite the test in our own volition, we fail by placing ourselves before Him.
I am not surprised that a worldly solution to such testing is anything other than through faith in Christ. Any solution other than through Christ simply further corrupts the soul.
BTW, it is interesting to note that man may be forgiven sins against the Father or the Son as they have been judged at the Cross, but sins against the Holy Spirit are not so judged to allow immediate forgiveness. I am not cognizant that their resolution have been discussed in Scripture. Attempting to use one’s eternal life in the spiritual domain to rewrite the ending of a dream independently of God not only scars the soul, but may be far more damaging and permanent than many other temptations.
Half a million isn’t much for the rights to as many copies as are needed.
Half a million isn’t much for the rights to as many copies as are needed.
You’ve obviously never experienced exented PSTD or Complex PSTD.
While faith is a incredible foundation, stress disorders are reactions to worldly existence and require intervention.
Faith alone doesn’t health a toothache.
Is this the same illness as PTSD? /s
Lol.....I did it too.
You need to relive the event and face it as it was, until it becomes just a memory. That can take a lot of time and some people never get there, but I don’t see trying to deny how it really was as helping long term.
Thank you Benny Hinn.
You are an idiot faith healer who personally denies medical immaging technology. Next time you are ill don’t be a hypocrit and be consistant in what YOU ADVOCATE FOR OTHERS. The effects of PTSD can be physically seen in the brain with MRI scans. Since you personally are denying the validity of MRI technology, hold fast to your claimed faith and don’t use them when it is you. MRI is probably of the devil since it contradicts your position anyway.
You are wrong.
While the pain of a toothache and say - a broken arm - are created via different circumstances, they are both ailments of the physical body.
Likewise, the brain is not a incorporeal, amorphous blob of energy. It is physical: and mental stress on the psyche is a chemical and/or energetic overwhelming of the physical pathways of the brain.
Proving that is no more difficult than taking a benzodiazepine in the midst of an acute panic attack. Like taking Vicodin for a toothache, the chemical helps to alleviate the physical trauma.
I’m not denying that faith is important in mental health, I’m denying that it’s “everything”.
MRI technology reveals that cells in the brain areas related to the processing of memory actually die off under prolonged trauma. They aren't simply reacting differently...they aren't there.
Your retort proved everything I asserted. You are one with the name it and claim it crowd who denies empirical evidences.
Dead cells cease to function.
Contrary to your assertions.
So your assertion that the PTSD can be cured by prayer and seeking God absent a miraculous regeneration of cells coming from God requires...denying that the cells MRI scans show to die off can't still function despite not being there.
You popped off on this thread making assertions that are no longer tenable unless you deny MRI images. Or deny that brain cells are needed for brain functioning. Those are the only two choices, other than a mea culpa on your part that you haven't kept up with medical science.
But if you haven't kept up with the science, and did not bother to check before your retort...then that pretty much validates my assertion that you advocate ignorance for others, now doesn't it?
I am projecting my belief that dead braincells are a physical problem that needs extensive work to function around and don't go away by wishful thinking or a positive attitude.
So, I simply ordered my brain to never have a nightmare again. I didn't.
Then I realized I could have fun with it. I ordered up a hot sexy dream with a blonde. It worked.
I now can queue a dream like I'm ordering from NetFlix. Tonight, she will be a redhead.
There are plenty of idiots in every field who never keep up with new information, or who mentally flush anything they once knew. There are also those who claim learning and experiences they never possessed.
Is the assertion that PTSD is psychic in nature wheras a toothache is organic in nature the gist of your post #16? That comes around to you asserting that dead areas of the brain are not an organic problem.
So which is it? ,
Are you claiming education you don’t have now, or were yoi educated before the late 90s and can’t be bothered with the time to keep cracking the books since?
Those are the only two options.
PTSD is a hoax, a fake, like fibromyalgia or Lyme disease. Bunkum and nonsense.
Do you really believe that Lyme disease is a hoax, bunkum and nonsense?
Lyme disease is very real and caused by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Blood tests can detect the disease not only in humans but also in other animals like dogs that contract it from tick bites and suffer from it. It is treated medically with antibiotics. Left untreated Lymes can cause permanent nerve damage. Because the symptoms can be vague and general in its early stages and not everyone gets or detects the distinctive bulls eye rash because it may be on an area of the body one would not readily seen, like at the back of the neck and or base of the hairline, doctors do not always test for it and people can suffer for quite a while before getting the correct diagnosis and proper treatment.
Now if you are suggesting that there are some people not diagnosed with Lymes claim they have it and then blame it for all sorts of unrelated generalized and perhaps psychosomatic illnesses and their mental problems and milk it for sympathy, you might have a point. OTOH, there have been people who have falsely claimed to have cancer, who have done the same thing, but that doesnt make cancer any less real.
Fibromyalgia I dont know much about to say one way or another. PTSD in wars years ago it was often referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue.
My dad never wanted to talk a lot about it but when he came home near the end of WWII having served in the South Pacific and having been in a lot of battles; the last one on an island near the Philippines in which 2/3 of his infantry unit was killed on a single day including his CO, he described a time that lasted nearly a year that he couldnt sleep and had horrific nightmares. When he came home his mother expected him to get a job right away and settle down and marry a nice girl and start a family but my dad would have no part of that. He described a time when and some of his GI friends would go into NYC and tear up the town, getting Gods own drunk, getting into fights and causing no end of trouble. This wasnt typical behavior for my father before the war and it eventually stopped after meeting my mother. But to his dying day in 1997 he was still haunted by some of what he experienced during the war. He didnt talk about it much, nor did he want to talk about all the metals for valor he had that my brother and I only found out about after he died, but sometimes he would talk about things that still haunted him his best friend Pinty being mortally wounded by friendly fire and holding his hands over the gaping gushing wound in his friends chest while his friend cried out in prayer and called for his mother while a medic frantically and in vein tried to save him. Pinty died in my dads arms.
Another incident that haunted my dad was coming across Japanese officer in a building while on patrol in Manilla. My dad and his unit were going from building to building after the second battle of Manilla clearing out pockets of resistance and my dad heard a noise in another room, shouted out in both English and Japanese to identify and to come out and surrender and then saw the Japanese officer come through the doorway, his said not a word and his hands were not raised. My dad shot him on sight. As he was going through the dead mans pockets, as he was instructed to do in case the officer had anything on him useful to turn over to US intelligence, my dad discovered the man was completely unarmed and when going through his wallet found some Catholic prayer cards, Rosary Beads and photographs of the mans wife and young children.
My dad knew he did the right thing under the circumstance but never the less it haunted him for the rest of his life. The few times he talked about this and his friend Pinty, even more than 40 years later, hed break down in tears like it had just happened yesterday.
My dads bullet and shrapnel wounds healed. But some of the emotional scars never healed completely.
Faith alone through Christ alone, while applying Bible doctrine in the soul allows the believer to respond rather than react, which is a far greater healing than another person's intervention.
Worse than an intervention, is another person attempting to heal by substituting their intervention as a counterfeit substitute for what God provides.
Benny Hinn is not recommended for spiritual teaching and I suspect his perspectives frequently differ from my own. ..but you are welcome nevertheless.
We also are not denying physical aid may be required in many situations of healing. Reliance upon mechanisms to change one's thinking independent of faith in Christ places that thinking prior to Him, and misses the mark of what He provides. Worse, it scars the soul, further inhibiting a sanctified thinking process.
Just as the therapy being recommended might 'rebuild' neurological processes, faith in Christ allows God the Holy Spirit to take our thinking and rebuild proper thinking in our souls and our body.
Faith is more than mental health. It is what He provides for our healing in all things.