PTSD is already a $50 billion problem for the VA, with hundreds of thousands of new cases coming in from the current war. The costs to society are incalculable.
But now a cure is available to rape, accident and abuse victims, as well as returning military personnel. Each can recover their former level of functioning or better, and resume their lives going forward.
The procedure is formally known as Traumatic Affect Resolution (TAR), but is often referred to by its development name, PTSDebriefing (pronounced PTS Debriefing). “Traumatic Affects” are personality and behavioral traits adopted as a response to trauma.
TAR is a true military-styled debriefing: a scientifically structured inquiry, intentionally designed to discover more than a person might recall on his own. Here, the inquiry is into the crucial self-created but usually unnoticed elements hidden among the outside facts and emotions of the story.
“We took the path less traveled,” Mr.Hacker explains “looking less at the traumatic event and subsequent symptoms and more at the victims themselves and the reactive nature of their roles as the unwilling participants in trauma.” That approach led to a spiritual perspective.
Hacker found a set of internal phenomena that occur in parallel with the real-world events during trauma. These are most productively understood as spiritual: happening within the psyche, or spirit, of the victim. While all are universal to every individual, not all occur within every event, nor are all manifested by every individual. This explains why some traumas result in PTSD and some don’t, why some people develop PTSD where others don’t, and why there is no way to predict which way it will go. Nor does it matter: the success of the method is that it asks for all of the relevant possibilities and deals with those that are present in the case at hand.
Interestingly, the procedure puts little to no attention onto the narrative, the story of what happened. This is one of the notable difference between TAR and psychological talk therapy. TAR bypasses the narrative altogether and focuses into the unnoticed creative factors that actuate PTSD from a spiritual level.
Militarily, the ability to bypass the narrative is a big bonus: it means that people with sensitive clearances can get help. This bonus applies to the corporate world as well, where employees are free from the risk of intimate exposure to the boss or other employees.
TAR is delivered exclusively by specially-trained PTSDebriefing Chaplains within in a confidential confessional-
An important next step is to develop an evidence-based proposal for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This involves resolving approximately a dozen current cases under formal testing and documentation criteria at no cost to the victims.
A crowd-funding web page has been set up for the Veterans Affairs project at http://fundly.com/
Contributions may also be made via the http://PTSDebriefing.Org website or mailed to ASC/ PTSDebriefing Project, PO Box 426, Sandpoint Idaho 83864.