Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rapid Resolution Therapy and Neuroscience: Why does it work?

RRT is the most effective treatment for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Rapid Resolution Therapy was developed by Dr. Jon Connelly and painlessly and completely heals the invisible emotional wounds, the ones that don't get better over time or through traditional talk therapy.

Much of our minds are operating in the same way as the mind of an animal. Like a rabbit, or a raccoon, or a rhinoceros. Primitive part of the mind controls basic survival responses such as breathing, heart beating, digestion, sweating and responses of flight or fight. Emotions are directed by the primitive part of the mind, not the intellect. Emotions are caused not because the animals mind is concerned about the animals mood, affect or feelings but to motivate action. When the wolf approaches the rabbit, the rabbit's mind causes the rabbit to become alert, motivated and stronger, in other words scared so it will quickly run away.

When the animal experiences a threat the animal's mind will increase strength to legs so it can run fast away or if it's cornered and can't run, increase strength to jaw so it can attack and bite hard. Human beings have the same physiological response. That is why when someone is nervous their legs shake and when someone is angry their face gets red and they have a tendency to clench their teeth.

When threatened, the hippocampus and amygdala which are part of the limbic system are activated. This is the fight or flight response. When going through something awful, horrible, painful, the experience will slam into conscious so all of mind's attention is focused on the threat. That is a good thing because when the rabbit sees the wolf we want all of the rabbits mind focused on escape, not daydreaming about carrots.

The problem for a human being is that the experience slams in in such a way that it gets stuck and confused so the primitive part of the mind thinks the bad experience is still happening. The hippocampus and amygdala stay active. The primitive part of the mind is in a hyperactive state and will be looking for experiences with similarity to respond quicker to the threat. The error that happens is that primitive part of the mind will confuse similar as same causing the fight or flight response. This malfunction will continue to happen until the primitive part of the mind realizes the past negative experience has been completed, finished, and no longer exists.

The only requirement to heal trauma is to keep the person emotionally present while they talk about the past troubling experience. Doing so keeps the hippocampus and amygdala at a calm or neutral state. Primitive mind realizes that it is just information about the past experience and not the experience itself. The memory is deactivated and the mind/body fully realizes the bad experience no longer. This is a fast and painless process for the client and often times can be completed in a single office visit.

To learn more about RRT and view the FAQ, please visit my website: www.drquintal.com

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