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Christian Treatment of PTSD Re-experiencing Symptoms

Question
I recently stopped goin to my counselor because she up and told me she was no longer gonna be open on Fridays.. :( fridays were my only day I could go see her. It's kinda really had me upset... She said I had PTSD and I am having a really tough time... Now I have not even her to talk to.... I don't know where to turn or what to do anymore....
Answer
PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder which is a condition which develops when a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event that threatens their well-being and leaves them feeling hopeless and helpless.

These traumatic events include rape, sexual abuse, war, physical assault, physical abuse, relationship abuse, sudden death of a loved one, automobile accidents, plane crashes, child neglect, slavery and natural disasters like earthquakes. 

Symptoms of PTSD can be divided into re-experiencing, avoidance and hyperarousal. 


Re-experiencing Symptoms
Re-experiencing symptoms of PTSD include the following:
1. Upsetting memories or flashbacks about the event which can be in the form of persistent negative images and persistent negative thoughts
2. Nightmares 
3. Physical symptoms like pain, sweating, pounding heart, nausea and trembling when you are reminded of the event 

The Christian treatment of PTSD re-experiencing symptoms includes the following:

1. Consult a Counselor
I recommend that you look for another professional Counselor that you can consult. If you do not have another free day, you can search Google for online counseling so that you can find a Counselor you can consult regardless of where you are located on your free day.



2. Believe God can Heal You
The Bible tells us God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3) and you can can also believe that God heals the brokenminded.  

I use the term "brokenminded" with respect to mean a mind which has been hurt by traumatic events and is now "bleeding" by persistently replaying memories of the wounding events.

Therefore believe that God can heal not only your body but also your mind and bind up the mental and emotional wounds that trigger the distressing flashbacks because His name is Jehovah Rapha which means The Lord Who Heals (Exodus 15:26). 

Click here to read How to Strengthen Your Faith for Healing

Once you are convinced that God can heal your mind, pray and ask Him to heal you since The prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up. (James 5:14-15)

As you pray, use Bible verses since The sword of the spirit is  the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). 

Bible verse prayers that you can pray for mental health and to be healed of PTSD include:
Heavenly Father, I ask You in the name of Jesus to restore my mental health and heal me of PTSD. (Adapted Jeremiah 30:17) 

Heavenly Father, I ask You in the name of Jesus to open Your Hand and satisfy my desire to be healed of PTSD. (Adapted Psalm 145:14-16) 



3. Meditate on God's Word
The Bibles tells us to Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Therefore change yourself by renovating your mind.

To  do this, meditate on healing Scriptures like the following whenever the distressing thoughts associated with the traumatic event cross your mind:
He sent His word and healed me. (Psalm 107:20) 

4. Confess God's Word
Since The tongue has the power of life and death, use your mouth to confess healing from PTSD. As you do so, use Bible verses since The sword of the spirit is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

Bible verses that you can meditate for PTSD healing include:
By His stripes I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5)


5. Listen to Christian Worship Music
Music can heal the mind for the Bible tells us that when Saul was troubled, David played music and it soothed him.

Therefore ensure that you listen to Christian worship music each day. You can develop the habit of listening to anointed music in the morning as you commute to work and in the evening before you fall asleep. 

I also recommend playing Christian worship music at very low volume all through the night as you sleep if you suffer from nightmares.



6. Replace Distressing Flashbacks
Every time the distressing flashbacks or memories of the traumatic events cross you mind, replace them with an opposite image that soothes your mind.

For example if you persistently see images of the serious motor vehicle accident you were involved in, replace them with an image of you driving peacefully down a beautiful road and arriving at your destination safely.  

Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of PTSD Re-Experiencing Symptoms
Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of PTSD Avoidance Symptoms
Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of PTSD Hyperarousal Symptoms
Click on the link to read the Christian Treatment of Other PTSD Symptoms

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