Sunderland, Maryland (PressExposure) May 13, 2008 -- The services for Combat Trauma Veterans are receiving relief from are the cutting edge tool of Rapid Eye Technology (RET). According to Dr. Jonathan Winson, neuroscientist and author of âBrain and Psycheâ, sleep, at least Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage in which there is dreaming, apparently is used by the brain for a unique type of information processing reflected by the dream.
Using blinking, breathing and eye movement techniques, Rapid Eye Technology simulates the alpha brain waves known as REM. This allows the brain to handle thoughts below the level of our conscious awareness.
Mary T. Bowen, MRET says at the heart of RET is a technology that affects the physical, emotional and mental levels of the client. During REM sleep we process, clear and integrate our dayâs experiences; the eyes move rapidly under the eyelids and the eyelids blink or twitch. Rapid Eye Technology simulates REM sleep with an eye-directing device moving rapidly in a neuro-linguistic pattern in front of the clients eyes.
The peripheral vision picks this up and the brain thinks it is in REM sleep. This fast movement of the eye directing device supports the mind and body in accessing memory. The technician quickly moves the wand in various patterns to find sources of stress, watching the clientâs eye movement for triggers. As the client blinks and breathes deeply, trapped trauma in the mind and body are accessed and released.
A Department of Veterans Affairs analysis of nearly 50,000 such troops, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, 352:1289, Mar 31, 2005 found that up to 17 percent have been diagnosed with major depression, anxiety or combat post-traumatic stress disorder.
It also estimated that overall, as many as 26 percent have some mental disorder caused by wartime service.
About 1 million U.S. troops have been deployed for the war on terror, according to the Pentagon. If the study's rates are accurate for all military members deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, it would mean that approximately 250,000 suffer some mental illness/combat trauma.
The report also concluded that troops assigned to ground units â namely, the Marines and Army â were nearly four times more likely to report combat post-traumatic stress disorder than those in the Navy or Air Force because of their greater exposure to combat situations.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental condition that causes someone to feel intense fear or hopelessness for 30 days or longer. PTSD can afflict people who have experienced or witnessed life-threatening events/disasters. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the personâs daily life. The disorder is not confined to troops who have witnessed combat; it can develop in response to any traumatic or disastrous experience.
What RET does for combat trauma soldiers is provide the opportunity to release stress/triggers from the war that prevents them from being able to function in society, and replace them with new, empowering thought patterns. This allows him/her to integrate back into the routine of society. With Rapid Eye Technology a client will access the stored information without having to talk about it, therefore, eliminating reliving the trauma over and over again.
For additional information on Rapid Eye Technology visit Mary T. Bowen, MRET http://www.marytbowen.com/retandeyeblinking.html Â© 2008