The Fundamentals of PTSD Stress: A Guide to Disemboweling the Disorder and Reclaiming Your Life by Diana Giorgetti by Diana Giorgetti - Read Online

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly known as PTSD, is a seriously debilitating mental health condition with the potential to negatively affect every single aspect of someone’s personal, emotional, physical, and professional life.

The symptoms associated with the disorder are far reaching and complex, leaving many diagnosed with PTSD to believe that a lifetime of medicines and therapy are the only alternatives to managing the disorder.

With solid and reliable information, a deep desire to heal permanently, and a support system, anyone diagnosed with PTSD can understand and learn how to address the symptoms and beat the disorder.

The primary difference between people who are barely managing symptoms related to their PTSD diagnosis, narrowly getting by each day with the help of one or several biological medicines and [maybe] therapy, and those who heal permanently from the disorder is rooted in knowledge and control.

Child abuse. Neglect. Witnessing violence. War. Sexual assault. Physical attacks. Human trafficking. These are all examples of events that can be extremely traumatic for the brain and can leave deep emotional wounds that stop the lives of PTSD sufferers in their tracks.

Trauma increases activity in the amygdala, the region of the brain that helps people process emotions. The amygdala is also linked to fear responses. Exposure to trauma that leads to the development of PTSD makes your amygdala hyperactive. It’s like someone who drinks a lot of coffee throughout the day. They are awake, alert, jittery, jumpy, and reactive to everything around, almost in a constant state of alert.

PTSD changes the brain’s chemistry, and the symptoms that develop make the person oversensitive and overreactive to the world. While the world cannot be changed, anyone can change the way they react to the world, even if they are suffering with PTSD. It is particularly important for PTSD sufferers to counter this over-reactivity and lack of control. This can be achieved with a plan of action that includes crucial elements that will help you regain control of your life.

The first step is to learn background information about your disorder. This knowledge will help you understand how PTSD symptoms affect your feelings and emotions and fuel your reactions. Contextual understanding will serve as the foundation to help you collect information about yourself and your surrounding environment and understand what makes you reactive.

Learned knowledge about PTSD and how the symptoms affect you personally are necessary to draft a plan of action to tackle the symptoms. Learning ways to take control of your symptoms will allow you to see how PTSD affects your brain chemistry, altering your thought process. Something that is reversible. Think of it as workout for the brain, to retrain your brain and regain control of your thought process and your life while managing the symptoms.

Rise above and carve your path to healing. Draft and implement a custom-made system that will allow you to live a controlled, productive, and fulfilling life. For many PTSD sufferers, managing the symptoms can be a daunting task, even after therapy and medications. While there are countless variables that can affect the life of a PTSD sufferer, there are also countless ways of managing these life disturbances to recover control and beat the disorder.

To draft a solid plan of action, you must learn as much as you can about PTSD. This will help you gather information on the how, when, who, and why PTSD affects you. You can then use this valuable information to draft your plan of action and tackle the disorder.

PTSD is not a one size fits all disorder. What works for some, doesn’t work for others. What works is a personalized system of tools, skills, mechanisms, and techniques you can use anywhere. These proper coping mechanisms to tackle the symptoms of PTSD are the only thing that will improve your quality of life and allow you to regain control of your brain, outside of therapy and medications, if that’s your goal.

Learning the role that stress plays in your PTSD life and brain, and how it defines your reaction is perhaps the most crucial step in your journey to regain control.

Managing your stress and how it impacts your anxiety, and how this affects your reactions to the surrounding environment is the only way to tackle and permanently control your symptoms to regain control of your life.

It is possible to beat PTSD and reclaim your life. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. When you immerse yourself in your healing, and not your symptoms, you can learn valuable coping mechanisms and skills to tackle your diagnosis and heal permanently.

Coping skills and mechanisms will help you anticipate and, with practice, predict when something is about to ‘throw you off balance.’ This will allow you take control of your feelings. Emotions and feelings before they affect your behavior and reactions to the stressor and end up ruining your day.

This guide has an accompanying website where registered members have access to downloadable resources, such as worksheets and other tools, to support their healing process. Visit for more information.

I am honored that you have chosen this guide as an assistive tool for your healing, and I hope you’re ready to understand the fundamentals of your disorder to beat PTSD like I did and many others have. You can retrain, regain, and reclaim your life.

Understanding PTSD and how the symptoms affect you at a personal level is the foundation to healing from this potentially debilitating disorder.

Let’s get started!

Healing From PTSD

If you accessed this guide is because you are, in some way, touched by PTSD. Whether you personally struggle with the surplus of symptoms that accompany this debilitating mental health condition or seek to help someone currently affected by the disorder, learning about and understanding everything related to PTSD will arm you with powerful tools to tackle the underlying foundation of the disorder and how it affects each person uniquely.

The information in this book is to help anyone realize that it is possible to control every single symptom that PTSD brings to the sufferer’s life. You need to develop a plan of action that includes a custom-made system based on your symptoms and implement it. It’s a gradual process, but the disorder needs to be ‘disemboweled’ to develop individualized coping mechanisms and skills that will help you manage the symptoms by reducing your stress, lowering your anxiety levels, and not allowing the intrusive thoughts and catastrophic thinking to dictate your actions and reactions to the world.

Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that come into your consciousness (awareness) when you don’t want them and cause distress. Catastrophic Thinking is the thought process that happens after intrusive thoughts enter the brain. It is a person’s tendency to always expect the worst out of a situation, person, or object.

Expanding your options beyond therapy and medications and learning how to develop a system that works for you, a system that is timeless in its ability to help you is the only way to permanently heal from this debilitating disorder. Learn to use everything within you, around you, and in your power to beat and heal from PTSD and you will retrain your brain and regain control of your life.

Start your healing journey by understanding that you have the strength and capacity to take control of your life and your PTSD symptoms. You cannot let one or several traumatic experiences dictate your life and future. No one knows you better than you know yourself. Reclaim your life!

About the Guide

This guide will give you information on components necessary to disembowel and conquer PTSD, retrain your brain, and take full control of your emotional, personal, and professional life. The information gathered here will give you a fundamental understanding of PTSD and how it can be conquered. By identifying and addressing the symptoms associated with the disorder and controlling stress levels to reduce anxiety, PTSD sufferers can retrain, regain, and reclaim their lives.


Module 1 was written to help you begin the healing journey by giving you background information on PTSD and its development.


Module 2 seeks to help you understand what triggers are, why they happen, where they come from, and how they affect your brain. PTSD changes your brain chemistry, which makes those affected have a unique reaction to their surrounding environment. This module helps you understand why identifying and tackling triggers is so important for healing.


All humans have a stress management system. Some are good, some are faulty. These are coping mechanisms we use to stay alive, to buffer stress and conflict. Understanding what coping mechanisms are, which ones are healthy and which ones perpetuate your PTSD battle is paramount for healing.


Stress is the cornerstone of PTSD. Unmanaged stress affects your anxiety, negatively influencing your reaction to the world around you. Module 4 gives you information on what stress is, how humans respond to stress, how stress affects your PTSD brain and body, and PTSD symptoms.


Now that you know about stress and PTSD, you must tackle the sources of your stress. This knowledge will later help you collect personalized information to use in your plan of action. This is foundational step to start understanding what you need to retrain your PTSD brain and reclaim your life.


Although many people with PTSD manage to heal without therapy, the reality is that the right therapy can accelerate your healing process. Therapy for PTSD can teach you invaluable techniques that can only be learned through a licensed mental health professional.


While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is very helpful for people with PTSD who want to heal from the disorder, it can be quite costly and time consuming. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) options are easy to learn and readily available for anyone with PTSD to use when tackling their symptoms.


To heal from PTSD, you must learn about the disorder, disembowel it, and draft and implement personalized coping mechanisms and skills. But to heal permanently, PTSD sufferers must adjust their lifestyle. Module 8 gives you an overview or options to adjust your lifestyle and maintain balance.




Why This Guide Matters

While the internet is filled with vast amounts of information, not all of it is accurate, valid, or useful. Evaluating reliable sources of information to improve your quality of life can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for.

Additionally, while information is the juice behind the power of knowledge, it’s not a replacement for experience, especially life situations.

Learning to manage and control the symptoms associated with PTSD takes work, but it is not an impossible task. Gathering reliable information about the disorder will help you gain awareness of your symptoms and give you knowledge on what works and what doesn’t. Having this knowledge will be useful when choosing non-faulty coping mechanisms to address PTSD symptoms.

Knowledge of the disorder is a powerful weapon that gives the sufferer an advantage. Learning about PTSD brings awareness of the fact that anyone can learn to read their body and mind to better implement a custom-tailored management system to recover from the limitations that PTSD places in your life.

When you identify what works for your personal PTSD needs, you can practice techniques to counter problems that arise due to your symptoms. This is the foundation to healing and improving your quality of life.

Learn, observe, collect, draft, implement, and practice. This is the secret to beating PTSD. It will take time and practice, and the journey, as well as the destination are completely different for everyone, even if the traumatic experience was of the same nature.

Reducing, managing, and controlling the stress in your life is the first step towards living a fulfilling and controlled life as a person with PTSD. This is a key step to take control of how the symptoms affect your actions and reactions to the surrounding environment.

For PTSD sufferers, stress and anxiety are the #1 contributors to intrusive thoughts, negative symptoms, faulty coping mechanisms, and unnatural and exaggerated reactions to stimulus. Once you create and implement a plan of action, and stick to it, you will be able to see changes.

Progressively seeing changes in your PTSD behavior will help you retrain your brain after the traumatic experience. Healthy coping mechanisms and skills are the tools needed to regain control of your PTSD, as they are tactics that are timeless in their essence and ability to help. Healthy coping mechanisms are the tools you will carry with you wherever you go and use whenever you need them most.

PTSD and all the mental, physical, and emotional problems it brings has an enormous impact on a person's life, as well as the lives of family, friends, loved ones, coworkers, and even pets. Whether it is your impact on their lives, or the impact of their reactivity to your symptoms, living with PTSD is hard for everyone.

People with PTSD who are not in control of their symptoms [and stress] cannot fully enjoy life and will have a constant negative effect on the lives of others. You don’t have to continue to live stigmatized with a condition few understand. Benefiting from the power of knowledge and community will allow you to be an active participant in your own healing and be the change you want to see in your PTSD life.

Retrain. Regain. Reclaim.

Year after year, research findings teach us more about PTSD, the plethora of symptoms that can coexist with the condition, and the impact the disorder has on the lives of those affected. Unfortunately, much of the relevant and useful information does not reach those who need it most.

Top therapy and medicine management can be quite costly, making it mostly inaccessible. Too many experts provide too much useless information for PTSD and C-PTSD sufferers on and offline. Most therapeutic approaches treat PTSD sufferers as broken humans who only have the choice of taking biological medicines and stay in therapy to control their symptoms. The human body and brain are advanced machines, and just like you learned to walk, you can learn to control every symptom associated with PTSD.

This guide will give you valuable information about PTSD and how to regain control of your life. If you are serious about your healing, the accompanying website will provide you with links to download a variety of worksheet and information sheets to help you learn about and collect information to better cope with your PTSD symptoms.

I hope this guide serves as the catalyst that begins your healing journey to permanent recovery. The strength to cope with and recover from this complex disorder is within you and taking control of the stress in your life is a priority. Without stress management techniques, your anxiety levels will just continue to soar and