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Can Post Traumatic Stress imagery help a woman recover from nonischemic, dilated cardiomyopathy

26 Jan
A woman asks if the posttraumatic stress imagery (Healing Trauma) could help her recover from being diagnosed with a debilitating illness - nonischemic, dilated cardiomyopathy - and the shock of being diagnosed with it..
Dear BR,
I have not seen any tapes/CD''s that pertain to something like nonischemic, dilated cardiomyopathy. I do listen to your Heart Health tape and the grieving tape along with the stress, walking etc. They have all been of great help to me while recovering from this debilitating illness.

Would the PTSD imagery help me to deal with the illness, and the shock of finding out that this illness has happened? I would greatly appreciate your advice on this matter.

Thank you, Sandra



Dear Sandra,

If this diagnosis turned your world upside down, terrified the heck out of you, undid your view of yourself, or caused you to suffer many everyday losses, then, yes, the PTSD imagery could be a big help to you.

We don’t usually think of posttraumatic stress as occurring from heart disease or other life threatening illnesses or procedures, but it can and often does.

Good luck to you and I hope this imagery helps you restore your sense of strength and well being, and integrate this new challenge into your life.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award