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Recover from PTSD Naturally - A Veteran Shares Her Story

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PTSD used to be called “shell shock” among other names, to describe how some war veterans acted when they returned home. However, the incidents that can bring about PTSD are varied and numerous, anything from rape to a natural disaster.  


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.”


My Story  

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​I was deployed in Bosnia for about 6 months shortly after the civil war there was supposedly over.  I say supposedly because there was still quite a bit of, um, let’s say, “activity,” there when I first arrived.  I was never in a firefight or in direct combat, thank goodness, but I spent countless hours listening to gunshots from who-knows-where outside the compound.  I was in fear for my safety, nearly constantly, for several months.  The allied forces (IFOR) were clearing away the landmines, and the daily explosions rattled my nerves.  For these and other reasons, I came home with a ripe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), my little souvenir from Bosnia.



PTSD affected my life quite a bit more than I imagined it would.  When my body was very ill with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, IBS, migraines, etc., it was as if all my demons came out to play.  The sicker I was in my body, the worse my mental health became too.  I experienced many commonly-known symptoms such as anxiety and nightmares, but I wasn’t prepared for the intense feelings of rage I felt.  I always had to sit with my back against the wall, know where the exits were, and I could never really relax.  If someone startled me my reaction was so heightened that I thought I would jump out of my skin and I would actually become nauseous from the adrenaline that dumped into my system.


The interesting thing about PTSD is that it is kind of like a snowball.  Along with the original event, a person’s mind likes to add other bad memories to the mix from the past, events from the present, and even the projected future too.  And then comes the snowstorm!  I would try and try to avoid situations where I knew the PTSD would be triggered:  no crowds, certainly no firework displays, no violent shows on tv, etc.  The Fourth of July would be hell for me!  I would hear gunfire, not fireworks, and I would smell the gunpowder and I would start to have a meltdown.  I would shake uncontrollably, cry and fear for my life.  I would have nightmares and be very upset.  


I was in the premier program for PTSD in the entire Veterans’ Administration Hospital network.  The Cincinnati VA even had a women’s department for PTSD.  I was on all kinds of medications, antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills, I was going to see a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and in a “group.”  The results were mediocre at best.  I was basically to the point where I would not guarantee to my husband that I would not commit suicide, that I would just have to take it day by day.  All that effort, all those meds, all that support and I still wanted to die.  I did not make plans or attempt to hurt myself, but I always thought of suicide as my option of last resort.


I Had Hope for The First Time in Years!


​When I madeThe Healing Quantum Leap as described in my book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery, the depression and anxiety I was experiencing seemingly disappeared quite quickly.  I had a new zest for life!  I wasn’t completely out of pain and my sleep wasn’t healed yet, but I felt hope for the first time in years.  I believe a lot of the reason for hope was that my gut was healing and producing the chemicals my brain needed to operate normally.  (I have read that up to 80% of the neurotransmitter serotonin is made in your intestines.  Serotonin is the neurotransmitter targeted in many antidepressant medications.  You have probably heard of them, they are called SSRIs, Specific Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.)  ​However, as my body healed, I was still dealing with some of the lasting effects of the PTSD.  


Most treatments for PTSD involve talk therapy with a psychologist and the use of various psychotropic drugs, such as antidepressants. The Veterans Administration Hospitals, which have the highest percentage of PTSD cases, are also utilizing group counseling. With all of the research that has been done and with the amount of cases they have seen during the last ten plus years of war, the results have been less than mediocre. The VA and active-duty armed forces are seeing the highest rates of suicide in their history.


A Natural Approach to PTSD Recovery


Natural recovery from PTSD has been achieved through the use of the technology involving meridian tapping, also known as EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique. This technology was discovered by Roger Callahan and was first used for the elimination of phobias. Later, Gary Craig used EFT to address all kinds of conditions, from emotional blocks to actual physical pain.  


​I discovered meridian tapping one day in of all places a diet book!  In his book The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You To Know About by Kevin Trudeau. (This book is where I found information about the HCG Diet, which is described in the chapter “Weight Loss” in my book, Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery.)  I looked up more information about meridian tapping on the Internet, and I found out that people have used it for all kinds of conditions, including PTSD.  


Meridian Tapping is the tapping on specific acupuncture points with a person’s fingers, with a specific thought in mind. It is simply a way to transform emotions from negative to neutral. Once the emotions are calmed then healing can take place. Interestingly, the person doing meridian tapping does not lose their memories, they just cease to be disturbing and disruptive. And, unlike other therapies, there are no negative side effects and the person does not have to relive the nightmare again to find relief.


I did tapping for about 5 minutes a day for a few weeks, and I completely eliminated the PTSD!  Also, I found out that other issues came up while I was working on the PTSD.  What I found was the PTSD from Bosnia was set up long before I went to Bosnia, actually it started in childhood.  So I started to tap on anything and everything that came up during my 5 minute sessions.  The results were miraculous!  Because the depression, anxiety, sleep issues and the PTSD became resolved, I was actually released from the psychiatric care of the VA Hospital.  When I asked the psychiatrist how many people get better and are released, she said it was less than 2%.  I love being in the top 2%!!!



My holistic, multi-dimensional approach to recovering from combat-induced PTSD can be found in the book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery available at  Further information about meridian tapping can also be found at, which has free information and where I also learned tapping.  


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Natural healing expert, speaker and author Leah E. McCullough, affectionately known as The Fibro Lady, is author of the book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery.  Go to to receive the free ebook “Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 30 Days without Exercising, Starving or Stressing” by signing up for Leah’s natural health newsletter “The Uncoventional Traditional.”  Leah can be reached at 859-380-9737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .






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