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Thread by @ThomasWictor: "(1) I've been asked to write about PTSD tremors. They are "psychogenic," meaning psychological rather than physical. (2) There's been almost […]"

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(1) I've been asked to write about PTSD tremors.

They are "psychogenic," meaning psychological rather than physical.

(2) There's been almost no study on PTSD tremors.

What they HAVE discovered is that the tremors are part of the startle reflex.
(3) I get PTSD tremors when I'm startled by loud noises.

The tremors go away with distraction.
(4) When you concentrate on the tremors and try to suppress them, they get worse.

So the best advice is to go about your business and simply endure them.
(5) PTSD is the subject of incredible quack "cures."

For example, there's an idea that by shaking, you "empty" yourself of what's causing the PTSD.

That's not how the disorder works.
(6) When you have PTSD, you're not full of something that needs to be emptied out.

PTSD is a psychological reaction to trauma.

You have to find a way to address the disorder itself.
(7) I used talk therapy first, but it was unusual in that I wanted a no-holds-barred approach.

The therapist--at my request--didn't sugarcoat or minimize anything.
(8) I knew that talking about my issues would kill me, so I asked the therapist to skip the easing-into part and get right to the meat of the matter.

Most people are in denial and don't want improvement. Therapists have to handle them with kid gloves.
(9) The reason I WENT to a therapist in the first place was because I'm f*cked up.

Duh.

So there was no need to ease me into anything.
(10) The therapy was brutal, and it worked.

I learned a lot.

After 18 months, we called it quits. The therapist had done all he could.
(11) I didn't start taking psychotropic medication until my CARDIOLOGIST recommended it.

One day my resting pulse rate went up to 220 beats per minute.

(12) I could feel my pule in my ANKLES.

So I had every single medical test there is, and then my cardiologist put my on anti-anxiety medication.
(13) Eventually I went to a psychiatrist, and he told me I had the worst PTSD he'd seen in his entire career.

He was amazed that I'd made it to my late forties without committing suicide or murdering anyone.

It took over a year to get the right medications.

Now I take nine.
(14) People tend to personalize everything.

If someone says, "I take nine psychotropic medications," they immediately say, "You shouldn't."

Why do they say that?
(15) Because they know that they themselves should be on medication, but they're in denial.

I didn't take medication because I had no idea that the things I thought were normal were completely ABNORMAL.
(16) All my life I've had unbelievable nightmares.

I remember all my dreams.

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(17) This is the book.

(18) Well, in the past year, I've begun to have "lucid dreams."

That means I know I'm dreaming.

So I control what happens.
(19) IT'S REALLY FUN.

When I realize I'm dreaming, I fly or go down to the bottom of the ocean and make the water clear, or I met people I want to meet.

Here's the interesting part.
(20) When I have a lucid dream and I think, "I want to have a conversation with _____________," I don't know if I'm making up the conversation...or if I'm meeting the person for real, in his or her dream.
(21) One of the benefits of being a hermit with an entirely interior life is that you hone your brainpower.

So now I can have lucid dreams that are like vacations.

I create entire cities and people them with anyone I want.
(22) In the case of Alfie Evans, the "experts" said the brain doesn't regenerate.

This was carefully worded dishonesty.

The brain doesn't regenerate, but it can rearrange itself so that a person regains function.
(23) My frontal lobes today are LARGER than they were before I started taking psychotropic medication.

The stress and misery was causing my brain to shrink.
(24) Stress alters your brain chemistry and creates destructive hormones.

Alleviating the stress allowed my brain to heal and then rearrange itself.

Now I have lucid dreams.
(25) I can't control WHEN I have lucid dreams.

Yet.
(26) Alleviating the stress also allowed me to see things more clearly.

That's why I can look at a video and see what's happening.
(27) I can also figure out things.

Trump's people had secret talks with North Korean diplomats for almost a year.

The diplomats said that the country was held hostage by the ruling class--the leaders of Korean Peoples' Army.
(28) So Trump and Kim Jong-un created the mother of all rabbits.

It was the KPA doing all the missile and nuclear tests.

Kim and Trump did that whole "Rocket Man" thing to fool the KPA ruling class.
(29) The KPA ruling class thought that Kim was standing up to Trump, when in fact it was theater.

DEADLY theater. For the KPA ruling class.

SOMEBODY took out the right number of people, and now Kim is free.
(30) In reality, Kim would never forgive Trump for calling him short and fat, etc.

UNLESS they'd agreed on it.
(31) Trump and Kim are already talking face to face.

And I predict that Trump will invite Kim to the White House.
(32) So when I get my PTSD tremors, I ride them out.

I want to see what @realDonaldTrump does NEXT.

My PTSD tremors don't matter to me...
(33) ADDENDUM: Go back to number 8 and substitute "WOULDN'T kill me" for "WOULD kill me."

People should ignore all my gibberish.

Half the time I have no idea what I'm saying...
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