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Trauma is treatable. It doesn’t take years to do it.
Effective Trauma Recovery
ITR is an approach to resolving trauma symptoms quickly. It is an evidence-supported method that focuses on treating the roots of trauma rather than the symptoms. ITR was developed by Dr. Lou Tinnin, psychiatrist and Dr. Linda Gantt, art therapist, after over 30 years of clinical experience with people coping with all kinds of trauma. ITR uses Graphic Narrative™ and Externalized Dialogue™ to recode traumatic memory from the non-verbal to the verbal/logical side of the brain ending the story and greatly reducing or eliminating triggers and symptoms.
Graphic Narrative™ gives traumatic memories order, verbal coding, historical context, and an objective, third-person view that protects the person from re-experiencing the trauma and fosters their capacity for empathy for themselves and others. The client feels the event is finally over and in the past. Externalized Dialigue™ invites the dissociative “parts" into the present-day. Many clients say that participating in the ITR program radically changed their lives, and specialists often say it’s the only trauma approach they have seen that really works.
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Dr. Tinnin on Misdiagnosis
Trauma is so prevalent that almost any condition that requires professional help could be rooted in trauma. People diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, have symptoms that can be understood as post traumatic consequences. Patients observed with panic disorder have been post traumatic. The panic states are flashbacks and the condition resolves once the trauma is processed. Anxiety disorder can be caused by multiple childhood traumas. Obesity, addiction, and impulse disorders can be trauma-based, and people can recover from these conditions once their traumas are processed.
Intro to the ITR
Dr. Gantt explains.how the body responds to trauma in a predictable and understandable way. We call it the Instinctual Trauma Response™. The symptoms created by traumatic experiences are normal brain responses to abnormal experiences and can mimic mental illness. The ITR™ is different from other methods available today. It is informed by current brain science, art therapy and part psychology. It can be used with 3-year-olds to adults. The ITR™ focuses on the distressing fragments of memory and puts them into a sequence so the person understands the event is over. ITR helps someone finish the story and become “unstuck.”
Dr. Tinnin on Meds
Dr. Tinnin talks about how medication can help just enough to keep someone from treating the root cause of their symptoms if they have indeed experienced trauma. Feeling better does not treat trauma, it just helps people cope, and that is not good enough. Trauma is easy to treat, and many people live compromised lives when they don’t have to. Drugs may help to take the edge off, but they will not heal trauma symptoms.
“There is no reason to live with even a minimal symptom caused by trauma. Of all the mental health problems, those that are related to trauma are the easiest to heal, and it doesn’t take years to do it.” Dr. Tinnin
What is Trauma?
Trauma is considered a disturbing, distressing, or overwhelming experience. It can be an experience that seemed harmless or you took for granted figuring “it’s just life,” like a difficult birth or an invasive medical procedure. Many people know they went through one or many traumas in their life and these events are causing severe symptoms that won’t go away, even after years of therapy, medications, and hospital stays.Trauma can affect everything in your life for the rest of your life if it isn’t processed and placed into a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Traumatic events can cause the executive functions of your brain to “go offline,” so you’re not able to operate at your highest level. The first step toward healing is recognizing these events as actual trauma.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying, life-threatening event. The resulting symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, dissociation, internal voices, depression, severe panic or anxiety, and phobias, intrusive thoughts about the event, avoidance, arousal, or intrusive symptoms. Under treatment with the ITR™ method, these symptoms are greatly reduced or completely disappear, along with the body memories associated with the traumas.
What is Dissociation?
Dissociation can take different forms, such as a state of feeling disconnected from one’s surroundings, “being zoned out,” or daydreaming. Dissociation can range from getting lost in thought to a more severe detachment from physical and emotional awareness. According to the American Psychiatric Association, dissociation is “a disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception of the environment.” Dissociation is common for people who have experienced ongoing early childhood traumas. It can be treated effectively with therapy the integrates recoding of the dual brain and integration of the stages of the instinctual trauma response.