Can we find solutions to PTSD in scripture?
By: William Jackson – https://www.facebook.com/CenterforTanakhBasedStudies
First lets look at the clinical definition of PTSD:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
PTSD is not just about Soldiers in combat, civilians can also get it from terrifying events that are non-combat related.
Job’s life could be viewed as a blueprint of events that can cause PTSD and later, as an answer to healing from PTSD.
Keeping in mind what the definition of PTSD is, let’s give Job a look…
Traumatic Events… suddenly Job lost his family, property, cattle, wealth, (Job 1:13-19) and health (Job 2:7) all in two days.
Symptoms… Job 3:24-25 For the thing I feared has befallen me, and what I dreaded is coming upon me. I was not at ease, neither was I quiet, and I did not rest, yet trouble came.
More symptoms… Job 7:13-14 Should I say that my bed shall comfort me, that my couch shall bear my speech. You terrify me with dreams, and You frighten me with visions,
At the close of “The Book of Job” we see that because of Job’s relationship with “The Almighty” Job’s life is restored (Job 42:12)
Also; we know that King David was a mighty warrior and he fought many battles. In several of his Psalms we can find many solutions to deal openly with our symptoms that we have from PTSD. Just like David, we need to go to G-d in prayer and meditation to allow us to cope.
Here are a couple examples that king David writes about in the Psalms; which actually focuses on targeting symptoms of anxiety, fear and depression, which are all symptoms of PTSD.
(A Great Prayer for PTSD)
Psalm 31:9,10,14-16: Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. . . . But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love.
Also there are two key verses in his Psalms 91;
You will not fear the fright of night, the arrow that flies by day; Pestilence that prowls in darkness, destruction that ravages at noon. (Verses 5-6)
Solution… a person with PTSD needs to use both vertical and horizontal strategies in the quest for healing…
– God (vertical relief)
– Therapy (horizontal relief)
We see with both David and Job, that their relationship with God was the key piece in their recovery.
We are a community that welcomes people suffering from PTSD. We are here to support each other on this journey.
If you’d like to be a part of the solution to PTSD, please contact me at: CenterforTanakhBasedStudies@Yahoo.com