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Alien Abduction The Need for Healing

From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 21:13:59 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 12:01:59 -0500
Subject: Alien Abduction The Need for Healing

Alien Abduction: The Need for Healing
By Rick Nielsen, http://alienabductionaccounts.blogspot.com/

My preface I don=92t consider myself a mental health professional.
However, so far I have sixteen years of paid, professional
experience as an agent of the state, counseling all kinds of
people from backgrounds whose diversity stems from ethnicity,
age, gender, belief system and mental state. This experience
includes twelve years as a full-time state employee in positions
titled Counselor, in the adult corrections field.

If value is found in this article, let this be an introduction
to the topic only. I readily acknowledge those more qualified
than me.

Let the healing begin Should I see a counselor about this? The
appropriate answer is, "Maybe you should." If your experiences
are preventing you from feeling capable and effective, or if
remembering them is preventing you from enjoying life, maybe you
should. Choose a competent and credentialed mental health
professional. You can start by asking your doctor.

If it=92s not interfering with your life, but you want to deal
with it anyway, what should you do? When faced with events that
one cannot control, what can be done?

There are general tactics one can use, as well as specific
techniques available to help one through this.

Generally speaking Generally, we are each responsible for those
acts we commit when conscious. We are not responsible for things
we do when unconscious or semi-conscious or when forced by
someone else. Likewise, harmful acts against us, perpetrated by
others, are not our responsibility.

For acts committed against others by our own bodies, for example
vehicular assaults and homicides committed while "under the
influence", we can expect to be held responsible. The assumption
in this case is that we chose to ingest those substances that
incapacitated us and led to our criminal behaviors.

But how do we deal with those harmful acts against us? Viktor
Frankl suggested an approach that seems most appropriate: we can
choose our response. In his book "Man=92s Search for Meaning" he

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who
walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their
last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they
offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man
but one thing: the last of the human freedoms=97to choose one=92s
attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one=92s own
way." "Man=92s Search for Meaning", page 104

I highly recommend all of his books, audio and video productions
to everyone, whether they have been victimized themselves or
whether they want to understand those who have been victimized.
Dr. Frankl=92s works help the healing, and the personal
empowerment, begin.

Specifically speaking
Specifically, we can look at two anxiety disorders to gain
treatment techniques that help move us back into productive,
healthy lives. They are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
and post-abduction syndrome (PAS). PTSD is recognized by
professional mental health classification and treatment
organizations, while PAS is not, as yet.

Neither of these, PTSD or PAS, has been proven to completely
deal with our current topic. These are presented as only
possible avenues for research and use. Also, PAS is presented
here without reference to treatment, because no methods were
found, in the research for this article. On the other hand, PTSD
is presented with its most effective treatments. It is hoped
that until a specific treatment is available for PAS, the
methods used for PTSD and other anxiety disorders will help.

Post-abduction Syndrome (PAS)
The word "abduction" in PAS refers to alien abduction. PAS does
not refer to humans abducting humans, (i.e., kidnapping), but
only to alien abductions. PAS shares many symptoms with PTSD.
But it is not the same.

PAS is based on those symptoms originally listed by alien
abduction researcher Budd Hopkins and described in his books
Missing Time and Intruders.

PAS symptoms include:
- Persistent re-experiencing of the traumatic event characterized
  by flashbacks
- Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma
- Denial of the event
- Labeling the event something else
- Phobic avoidance of areas or situations where contact occurred
- Refraining from sleep at the time contact occurred
- Emotional reaction to literature, pictures, or videos about
  alien entities
- Numbing of emotions characterized by inability to feel
  intimacy, pleasure, or to express emotions
- Diminished interest previously enjoyed activities
- May have no expectation of normal life events or normal life
- May fear abduction with no return or lengthy abduction
- Hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle response, irritability,
  and/or panic attacks

As mentioned earlier, there is no treatment or cure listed with
PAS, as presently proposed. It is hoped that the treatments used
for authenticated anxiety disorders, like PTSD, are helpful to
those experiencing PAS.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and treatment
PTSD refers to stressful events that the person experiences as
highly traumatic. Like PAS, PTSD has everything to do with not
being able to trust your environment anymore. It=92s very serious
and debilitating.

It is possible for individuals to experience traumatic stress
without manifesting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But PTSD is
an anxiety disorder and not to be confused with normal grief and
adjustment after traumatic events. For most people, the
emotional effects of traumatic events will tend to subside after
several months. If they last longer, then a psychiatric disorder
may be diagnosed. It is also possible to suffer other
psychiatric disorders in addition to PTSD. These disorders often
include depression, anxiety disorders and addictions. PTSD may
have a delayed onset of months, years or even decades and may be
triggered by an external factor or factors.

There are dozens of treatments suggested for PTSD. PTSD is
commonly treated using a combination of psychotherapy and
psychotropic drug therapy.

The most effective psychotherapeutic treatment for PTSD is Eye
Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Extremely
briefly, EMDR is an eight-phase treatment that includes the
following actions occurring simultaneously and under

- Patient focuses inwardly on a most traumatic scene from her
- Patient focuses outwardly on their doctor=92s finger, following
  it back and forth with their eyes
- Patient visualizes a pre-chosen positive picture

A more detailed explanation of the treatment can be found at the
EMDR website listed in the references at the end of this article.
Parenthetically, it is interesting that the eyes are the focus of
the PTSD therapy EMDR.

Bottom line
Whether alien abductions occur in our physical world or not,
their effects can be real, and real devastating, to their
victims. It should be encouraging to know that help is
available. It should be hopeful to know there are ways to manage
our responses to these intrusions. It should be better still to
go on living our lives with purpose.

A short list of references

Viktor Frankl: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Frankl

PAS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-abduction_syndrome

PTSD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTSD

EMDR: http://www.emdr.com/

Rick Nielsen

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