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Army to Test ‘Power Dreaming’ to Combat PSTD-Related Nightmares
The Blaze ^ | 21 October, 2011 | Liz Klimas

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 soldier’s 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 program’s 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 aren’t 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: healthcare; ptsd; tech; technology; veterans
I don't think this will work. A half a million is alot of money for a computer program.
1 posted on 10/22/2011 12:38:22 AM PDT by Watchdog85
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To: Watchdog85

Link to contract:

https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=510865625b31b4b4942615444af11b22&tab=core&_cview=0


2 posted on 10/22/2011 12:39:04 AM PDT by Watchdog85 ("I'm not a professional politician, I'm a professional problem solver"--Herman Cain)
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To: Watchdog85

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.


3 posted on 10/22/2011 12:45:06 AM PDT by garjog
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To: Watchdog85

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.


4 posted on 10/22/2011 12:56:00 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: garjog
I don't trust the government to really help our soldiers. Not after hundreds of combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with arms and legs missing were given 20% disability ratings and discharged by the services.

Check out the bio for the CEO of ICF Inc.

Sudhakar Kesavan


Chairman + Chief Executive OfficerSudhakar Kesavan serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICF International. In 1997, he was named President of the ICF Consulting Group when it was a subsidiary of ICF Kaiser. Since he took on this leadership role, he has led ICF through a leveraged buyout, an initial public offering, and consistent growth. Mr. Kesavan’s leadership in global environmental issues helped ICF International to become the first professional services firm in the world to go carbon neutral and to achieve recognition by the United Nations as one of the first firms to participate in the Climate Neutral Network.

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.

5 posted on 10/22/2011 12:58:33 AM PDT by Watchdog85 ("I'm not a professional politician, I'm a professional problem solver"--Herman Cain)
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To: Watchdog85

Worth a try.

If it works, I don’t care if it costs a billion dollars, or ten.


6 posted on 10/22/2011 1:00:21 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Watchdog85

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.


7 posted on 10/22/2011 1:14:26 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

Fascinating


8 posted on 10/22/2011 1:19:15 AM PDT by ninonitti
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To: Watchdog85

Half a million isn’t much for the rights to as many copies as are needed.


9 posted on 10/22/2011 1:58:41 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Watchdog85

Half a million isn’t much for the rights to as many copies as are needed.


10 posted on 10/22/2011 1:58:47 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Watchdog85

bflr


11 posted on 10/22/2011 1:59:07 AM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Cvengr

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.


12 posted on 10/22/2011 4:50:58 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Watchdog85

Is this the same illness as PTSD? /s


13 posted on 10/22/2011 4:57:30 AM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: greenhornet68

Lol.....I did it too.


14 posted on 10/22/2011 5:02:12 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Watchdog85
This new research is a similar build off of what the National Center for PSTD calls Imagery Rehersal Therapy:

Is that supposed to be "Imagery Reversal Therapy" or "Imagery Rehearsal Therapy"?
15 posted on 10/22/2011 5:05:16 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Psycho_Bunny; Cvengr
You’ve obviously never experienced exented [sic] PSTD [sic] or Complex PSTD [sic].

While faith is a incredible foundation, stress disorders are reactions to worldly existence and require intervention.

Faith alone doesn’t health a toothache.


Your error is putting toothache and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) into the same category. A toothache is organic in nature. PTSD is psychic in nature. A toothache is caused by pressure on a nerve. It is something you directly experience. PTSD is not caused by something you experienced. It's caused by your reaction to something you experienced. That reaction is conditioned by your previous experiences and your understanding of them in the context of your entire life experience and belief structure. An experience that may lead to a PTSD for one person may have little or no effect on another for reasons having nothing at all to do with the event in question. The same is not true of a toothache. A cavity producing enough pressure on a nerve will have the same effect on anyone regardless of a person's beliefs and previous life experience.

This is why a person's faith (because it is directly related to his beliefs about reality and his experiences within it and what they ultimately mean or do not mean) is more likely to be of help in PTSD than in a toothache.
16 posted on 10/22/2011 5:26:42 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Watchdog85

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.


17 posted on 10/22/2011 5:53:25 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Cvengr

Thank you Benny Hinn.


18 posted on 10/22/2011 5:55:23 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: aruanan

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.


19 posted on 10/22/2011 6:01:16 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd; Cvengr
You are an idiot faith healer who personally denies medical immaging [sic] technology. Next time you are ill don’t be a hypocrit [sic] and be consistant in what YOU ADVOCATE FOR OTHERS. The effects of PTSD can be physically seen [sic] 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.

The above is an example of reactive reading. You see a few phrases and react to them based on your own unique experiences and limited understanding and then incorrectly assume that your reactions were intended by the author. Specifically, you make ridiculous extrapolations ("you personally are denying the validity of MRI technology...") or misinterpretations ("The effects of PTSD can be physically seen in the brain with MRI scans..."*) or flat-out confabulations ("...be consistant in what YOU ADVOCATE FOR OTHERS...) or irrelevant and irrational conclusions ("MRI is probably of the devil since it contradicts your position anyway") and then incorrectly assume those were intended or disputed by or had their origin in the author. Additionally you seem to equate "faith" with "faith healing," a distinction that nowhere exists in the text.

You, like the Supreme Court, Roe v Wade, and the Constitution, are projecting your own beliefs and prejudices into written material where they don't exist and attributing them to the author. The answer is to stick to what is actually written (and to use spell check).

*You can observe a person's brain via MRI while sticking a knife in him or while he's hallucinating bugs crawling under his skin and see distinctive activity. But you would be incorrect to conclude that the bug hallucinations are real in the same way the knife is real because both produce MRI readings. And you would be incorrect (in a Mary Baker Eddy way) to conclude that the knife is no more real than the hallucinations because both produce MRI readings.
20 posted on 10/22/2011 6:43:43 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan

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”.


21 posted on 10/22/2011 7:45:35 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: aruanan
It takes a true idiot, to conclude that areas of the brain which die and physically atrophy still function.

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.

22 posted on 10/22/2011 8:11:31 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd
It takes a true idiot, to conclude that areas of the brain which die and physically atrophy still function.

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.


Once again, you're engaging in reactive reading. You're attributing all sorts of things to me that are not in evidence ("You are one with the name it and claim it crowd who denies empirical evidences."). You're claiming that I have said all sorts of things I did not say ("So your assertion that the PTSD can be cured by prayer and seeking God "). I guess those portions of your brain that would have prevented that are dead and gone and have ceased to function.

By the way, my post-graduate and post-doctoral work is in the field of neurobiology, so I know I didn't mean what you apparently mistook me to mean.
23 posted on 10/22/2011 10:08:06 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Psycho_Bunny
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. Well, actually, neither medication for the toothache nor medication for the panic attack alleviates physical trauma. Both are involved in modifying signaling pathways to reduce the unpleasant feelings induced by the trauma, whether physical (the toothache) or psychic (the panic attack). I was pointing out, and MrEdd seems to have missed it, that the initial cause of PTSD, unlike a toothache, is psychic, not physical. This doesn't mean that there cannot be injury to the brain that results in all the same effects as PTSD nor does it mean that experiences of a sufficiently shocking character cannot result in changes in the brain. After all, simply memorizing a telephone number results in changes in the brain. I was pointing out that what makes something traumatic, as in PTSD, is not its physicality, but the assault it makes on the victim's perception of the world and his place in it. You could have ADHD or you could have TBI-induced ADHD. The first is idiopathic. The second is clearly induced by physical trauma. PTSD is not induced by physical means, either by disease or by accident, but by one's reaction to whatever causes the trauma. Because of this, whatever may induce that disorder in one person may not induce it in another. Someone may have his arms chopped off by a Hutu and never develop PTSD. Another person may. But the difference in developing the disorder or not doesn't lie in the physicality of losing the limbs or not.
24 posted on 10/22/2011 10:30:39 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Watchdog85
I actually have some experience with this. One time, I had a horrible nightmare. I woke up, and I was like, well, *I* own this brain. It is under MY control, right?

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.

25 posted on 10/22/2011 10:34:21 AM PDT by Lazamataz (When I see pictures or videos of the Occupation, all that I see is an ocean of mostly white faces.)
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To: aruanan

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.


26 posted on 10/22/2011 10:37:29 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

PTSD is a hoax, a fake, like fibromyalgia or Lyme disease. Bunkum and nonsense.


27 posted on 10/22/2011 10:41:11 AM PDT by Lazamataz (When I see pictures or videos of the Occupation, all that I see is an ocean of mostly white faces.)
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To: Lazamataz
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 Lyme’s 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 Lyme’s 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 doesn’t make cancer any less real.

Fibromyalgia I don’t 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 couldn’t 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 God’s own drunk, getting into fights and causing no end of trouble. This wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 dad’s 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 man’s 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 man’s 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, he’d break down in tears like it had just happened yesterday.

My dad’s bullet and shrapnel wounds healed. But some of the emotional scars never healed completely.

28 posted on 10/22/2011 11:58:47 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Psycho_Bunny
While faith is a incredible foundation, stress disorders are reactions to worldly existence and require intervention. Faith alone doesn’t health a toothache.

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.

29 posted on 10/23/2011 1:33:37 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: MrEdd

Benny Hinn is not recommended for spiritual teaching and I suspect his perspectives frequently differ from my own. ..but you are welcome nevertheless.


30 posted on 10/23/2011 1:36:27 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I’m not denying that faith is important in mental health, I’m denying that it’s “everything”.

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.

31 posted on 10/23/2011 1:55:29 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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