First Aid for Stress and Trauma with Trauma Tapping Technique (TTT).
 
We have all experienced stress in some form - it is a survival tool that gives us the energy and fuel to handle a pressing situation.
 
Sometimes a stressful situation is so overwhelming that we will do anything to avoid that situation for the rest of our life - in these cases our security system will code everything in that situation into a script that will trigger a stress response as soon as anything reminds us of it. That stress response will grow stronger as our system generalizes it, to the point where we can generate a full life-or-death panic response by simply thinking of it. It is then called post-traumatic-stress.
 
These responses are there to help us avoid any situation that reminds us, even vaguely, of the original situation. With time they will become a nuisance in themselves - waking us up with nightmares and flashbacks, causing us to avoid public places that are connected in some way by context or content. They will raise our "baseline" of stress so that we become irritable, aggressive and insecure. Sooner or later these stress levels will generate a higher general production of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine and dopamine. Out of these cortisol often leads to somatization - a physical manifestation of symptoms that include problems with digestion, sleep, chronic pain, immune system and memory.
 
Now imagine a zone of post-conflict, for example Rwanda, where the current levels of PTSD are estimated to affect 28% of the population: over 1.5 million people. How do you address this? It's not an option to fly in therapists, and parachuting anti-depressants over the countryside  can curb the symptoms but won't reset the responses - they are conditioned.
 
Good news is that there is a solution. This news comes in several levels:
 
There is a new field of efficient solutions for conditioned stress responses, it is called somatic psychotherapy, or sensory exposure therapy.  Trauma Tapping Technique, TTT, is a very simple and efficient sensory exposure therapy, designed for these situations as a tool of First Aid for laymen.

TTT does not require talking about the past;
TTT can give results in as little as one or two sessions;
TTT is designed to be learned by laymen in less than an hour and passed forward by them to others;
TTT is designed to be spread through multiplication peer-to-peer at the cost of transportation and water;
TTT is empowering, it gives the power of healing symptoms to the survivors
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We just published a book about our experiences since 2007, working in Rwanda, Congo, South Sudan, Chad, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and India. The title is Resolving Yesterday - First Aid for Stress and Trauma. The book is for laymen and practitioners alike. We teach it to ex child-soldiers, women in survivor groups and village workers alike. You can use it to treat yourself, your family, add it to your clinical practice and incorporate it into other activities like relaxation, football warm-up or community service.
 
 
Our organization is called the Peaceful Heart Network - you can find movies and materials on the website. This is too simple to miss, and for real. Learn it, experience it and pay it forward. Ask your local library and book store to order Resolving Yesterday. Like us on Facebook. Donate. Everything you do to let somebody know healing is possible and right at their fingertips will help.
 
 
 
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Trauma Tapping Technique Instructions (no audio)
 
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