I had the opportunity to work with “Will,” a Viet Nam war veteran who was now retired from the New Zealand Army.
He had heard that I might be able to help him, and after 2 years on prescribed medications (nortriptyline, citalopram and melatonin), he finally thought he would give TBT a try.
Will had served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. During that period he had witnessed a lot of death, destruction and violence.
The most traumatic incident during that period was the death of his best friend, who was killed by enemy fire right before his eyes. This particular memory had haunted him all these years and he blamed himself for not having prevented “Jim’s” death.
The symptoms he had been suffering from were the classic PTSD, nightmares, recurring thoughts, flashbacks, and anger/grief about certain incidents.
I asked Will to relate the whole incident to me and asked him to measure his emotional intensity on a scale from 0-10. He said they were 10++ and my observation of his physiology confirmed this. His face was flushed and bright red, his jaw was tightly clenched and his knuckles were tight and white.
I tapped on his face, torso and hands while I asked him to repeat the story. I asked Will to recall as much detail as possible about the surroundings, the sounds, the temperature, smells and particularly his feelings, including his bodily sensation. We did this 3 or 4 times. Each time I asked him to just go over the events as best he could.
When I was sure that his emotional intensity was down, I then asked him to talk about his anger and grief regarding the event. He blamed the commander for not taking enough safety measures and blamed him for being a ‘glory hunter’ and sending out the guys into known dangers. This patrol was following a fresh trail into the jungle and has stepped right into the enemy bunkers.
I then asked Will to repeat statements after me while I tapped with him. We only tapped for 30 minutes or so.
I checked with Will the following day, and he told me he had the BEST sleep in 30 years! Then the same again the next night.
Will had lived for years with recurring nightmares and flashbacks. Now they are gone.
It’s only been a week and Will tells me he does not have any of the old negative emotions he was experiencing in the past 30 plus years. Most importantly is that the nightmares have not occurred since the TBT treatment.