#15: Three Keys to managing PTSD and Anxiety with Brett Cotter

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD, is one of the major mental health challenges in the modern world. Caused by numerous traumatic events, including an unexpected death of a loved one, seeing someone being injured or killed, sexual violence, PTSD has become a common psychiatric disorder in N. America. Our guest today is an expert in managing traumatic stress who helps people release accumulated stress. Brett Cotter, author and the founder of Stress Is Gone, joins us today to talk about three key concepts that help us manage PTSD and anxiety.

The pandemic and the new reality that came with it have drastically changed our lives, and as a result, some of us have been experiencing stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. Brett starts the conversation with his insights on how isolation affects our minds, how it may lead to stress and anxiety, and the possibility of COVID-related incidents being a possible trigger for PTSD for those who are heavily affected by the pandemic. He also shares some of the early signs of depression and how they develop into more serious mental health issues.

In his book, Brett introduces three key concepts that help us manage PTSD; Stopping stress reaction, processing trauma, and meditation. We start looking into these concepts with a high-level view of each concept. In the next part of the discussion, Clint shares some of his personal experiences with traumatic events, and Brett weighs in with his insights on how to deal with the types of traumatic events that Clint had experienced. 

Diving deep into the key concepts, we start with meditation. Brett talks about how meditation can help us dampen the impact of PTSD and eventually heal our minds. He also talks about common signs of PTSD and how we can identify a loved one who’s going through PTSD. In the next section, we dive deep into some of the techniques for stopping stress reactions and processing trauma. Stay tuned until the end of the episode, where Brett shares a technique that helps us quickly release anxiety. 

[01:50] Isolation and Mental Health – In recent months, we’ve all been under some sort of isolation due to the pandemic. Brett talks about some of the effects isolation tends to have on our mental health.

[03:34] COVID and PTSD – Brett shares his take on the possibility of the COVID situation acting as a trigger to develop PTSD.

[07:15] Signs of Depression – We dive into some of the signs that show up when we’re overwhelmed, how it gradually escalates into anxiety and depression, and how we can detect these effects as early as possible.

[14:19] Brett’s Book – Brett opens up about the personal experiences that inspired him to write his book, Three Keys to managing PTSD and Anxiety.

[23:28] The Three Keys – A brief overview of the three concepts Brett covers in his book.

[29:30] Meditation – Brett talks about how our minds respond to traumatic situations, how meditation can help with reducing the impact of a traumatic event, and how meditation could help us be better human beings.

[42:44] Common Causes of PTSD – Brett shares his thoughts on some of the common causes of PTSD that we often fail to notice.

[53:41] Getting to the Root Cause – How to identify the hidden factors that cause stress and how to manage stress in a healthy way.

[59:15] Signs of PTSD – Brett shares his thoughts on the key signs that we can use to identify a loved one who is suffering from PTSD and what we can do to support them.

[1:02:13] Observing Stress Reactions – Brett dives into the first of the three concepts he covers in his book; Observing our stress reaction and techniques for stopping it. 

[1:18:09] Processing Trauma – Another one of Brett’s key concepts for managing PTSD is processing trauma. We talk about some of the techniques we can use to process and reduce the impact of traumatic events.

[1:30:20] Anxiety Release – Brett shares an amazing technique we can use to express how we feel in order to release anxiety. 

Resources:

Brett’s Website:
www.brettcotter.com

Brett’s Facebook Group – Release Stress Now with Brett Cotter:
facebook.com/groups/144778457510146 The Warrior’s Guide to Overcoming Combat Trauma:
stressisgone.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/3-Keys-to-Managing-PTSD-The-Warriors-Guide.pdf

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