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The new PTSD treatment known as Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memory (RTM), has shown a 90% success rate in clinical trials and involves NO medication. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is your MedCircle Weekly News.
That’s the success rate of a new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder called Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memory, or RTM. And the unbelievable part is - it involves NO medication. ZERO.
One marine corps veteran who suffered from PTSD after some of the deadliest fighting in the Iraq war can vouch for its success. We’ll call him “Jay.” On Jay’s first mission as a flight mechanic, his plane narrowly avoided a bombing, and that memory, along with the many Marines he served with who were killed or died by suicide, left him psychologically broken.
He turned to substance abuse to self-medicate and was prescribed antidepressants and standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for years. Nothing was working - and he was nearing homelessness.
Jay ended up participating in a clinical trial for RTM.
According to Jay, during the sessions,
the counselor guided Jay through 90-minute sessions that asked him to imagine the traumatic memory of nearly being shot out of the air as a movie projected on a large theater screen. The counselor guided Jay in playing the movie in his mind very slowly, and then gradually faster and faster, dozens of times, in succession. The counselor had Jay imagine he was watching the movie being played backward, and then in black and white.
According to Jay, this worked better than any medication had - and the benefits became more apparent as time went on. Now, Jay has a stable job, a happy wife and a healthy 7-year old son. He no longer has nightmares and he sleeps peacefully.
According to some doctors, this could be "the biggest advance in the treatment of PTSD in the last 50 years."
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I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember - whatever you’re going through - you got this!
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