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The treatment of

post-traumatic stress disorder

The Memrec Method can be effective for certain types of PTSD. On this page you can read more about PTSD and its treatment at Kindt Clinics.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD can arise when someone has experienced a threatening situation that he / she has not been able to handle properly. Someone with PTSD often relives the trauma. In certain situations, while sleeping, or at unexpected times. 

Physically this can manifest itself in palpitations, tremors, sweating, breathing faster and a feeling of panic. Other symptoms of PTSD can include concentration problems, irritability, sleeping problems, decreased interest in others or activities, aggression, shame and depressed mood.

The treatment at Kindt Clinics is suitable for certain forms of PTSD

Kindt Clinics' Memrec method has proven effective for PTSD caused by a one-time (or short-term) trauma that you can still remember very well.

If it concerns PTSD after a long traumatic period or otherwise complex PTSD, then Memrec is unfortunately not suitable, and you may benefit more from other forms of cognitive behavioral therapy. This also applies when there are no (vivid) memories of the trauma, or when it is not possible to feel the emotion associated with the trauma. 

Take a look at the treatment of PTSD

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The Perfect Human (VPRO)

In this episode of the science program The Perfect Man, a section is devoted to our treatment method for people with trauma, in this case a woman with PTSD.

Approach to treatment for PTSD

The treatment of PTSD is comparable to the treatment of a phobia. The difference is that with a phobia treatment we actually confront you with your fear, while with a PTSD treatment this is done imaginary (by talking to you in a certain way). Depending on the trauma, we sometimes use technology such as virtual reality to evoke the experience.

The pill then helps to prevent the strong emotions from returning.

The effect is abrupt and therefore sometimes hard to believe. In most cases, two treatment sessions are sufficient to resolve the complaints. The memory of the traumatic experience is still there, but the intense emotion that accompanied it is no longer there.

Read Zane's experience

Following the documentary A Cure for Fear the people who Merel Kindt treated in the documentary were interviewed. Canadian Zane underwent treatment for his war trauma.

“I had tried everything from alcohol to a trip to Bali to learn Buddhism to find peace in the woods,” said Zane, a Canadian veteran who served in the German army and was sent to Afghanistan. But nothing could suppress his nightmarish memories of his time in Kabul, including a specific gunfight that he couldn't get off his retina.
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A month after he left the military in 2004 and returned home to Toronto, Zane began to have re-experiences. He would sweat, become confused, and begin to separate himself from the world around him. He also developed chest pain and was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The chance of success of treating PTSD is low, for all kinds of different forms of therapy.

Many people who start a treatment program eventually quit. "Military trauma is different from other trauma," says Dr. Kindt in A cure for fear. "Soldiers are told to control and suppress their emotions, but for this treatment to work, clients have to immerse themselves in the fear."

For Zane's first appointment, Dr. Kindt virtual reality to induce his PTSD and bring him back to his experience of the nighttime gunfight in Kabul. One day after administering the Propranolol, Dr. Kindt Zane to face the same confrontation, the same way he had the day before. He described it calmly: “Yesterday I felt my army equipment, the smells, the sounds. While today it was… more of boom, and it was gone. It didn't choke me. ”

Three months after his treatment, Zane's nightmares have not returned. Yet Zane does not feel that his PTSD has been cured. He says that his memories of the war still often surface, but his physical response to those memories has weakened; he no longer sweats, becomes restless or extremely alert. "Everyone tries to cure PTSD - but, no, heal the emotional response," says Zane. That's what Dr. Kindt seems to have succeeded. ”

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