Fergal Keane was a reporter for the BBC.
He often reported on traumatic stories, such as wars. He saw and experienced Combat Stress.
In 2020, Fergal Keane publically announced that he had been diagnosed with PTSD.
Fergal Keane PTSD psychological treatment appears to be very limited, so he is still living with PTSD.
The Fergal Keane PTSD story was published on iPlayer.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is short for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD is a grouping a symptoms, rather than the cause of the symptoms.
PTSD happens when the “security guard” in our brain (the Amygdala and Limbic System) emotionally store a traumatic memory.
It is stored differently to “facts and events” memories.
The emotional PTSD memory often relates to the individuals life being in danger, or them seeing someone elses’ life in danger. PTSD is commonly associated with Combat Stress, which was once known as Shell Shock. But can also be triggered by many other events, which may appear big or small. Those events may happen at a stressful time, and seem inescapable to the person at the time.
People get get PTSD from simply watching news articles about people suffering, such as the war in Ukraine, or Covid. The articles are designed to create interest, which can translate to emotional stress. This includes the tone of voice, images, music, editing, etc.
The symptoms of PTSD can include emotional overwhelm, insomnia, anger, flashbacks and fear.
Getting Help for PTSD
If you think you may be suffering PTSD or suffering from emotional memories, we are here to help.
Our techniques help the brain to release the emotional component of the memories. We do not advocate having to accept yourself as a victim, having those events define who you are, or having to live with those feelings.
Those feelings can be released. The events are something that happened and they are part of history. You can be free.
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Fergal Keane: Living with PTSD
Fergal Keane produced a film about his experience of living with PTSD, which was release on BBC in May 2022.
Unfortunately, the film only talks about CBT Talking Therapy and anti-depressant medication for PTSD. Even the NHS would normally recommend EMDR for PTSD, which has been around for many years. It is dissappointing that Fergal Keane PTSD treatment didn’t extend to more powerful techniques that are being developed, such as Human Givens Counselling, NLP Fast Phobia Cure or Havening Techniques.
Watch the iPlayer video “Fergal Keane: Living with PTSD” here:
We hope the Fergal Keane PTSD story can help people learn about PTSD and getting help.
As therapists, we do not believe people need to live with PTSD.