My Battle Between 'Disclosure vs Omission'...07/31/03
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
Before I disclose todays announcement of increased volcanic activity, I
think it is important to gain a foundation regarding the nature of news
which I believe will be coming forth.
It is my belief ECTV will be sending out what will appear to be
extraordinary breaking news which involves 'earth changes'. I feel it is
most important to maintain a sense of groundedness and empowerment. The
possible upcoming articles will seem alarming, and there is the risk of
setting off inherent defense triggers every human possess. It is the very
necessary 'fight or flight' defense mechanism which is 'hard wired' for
survival. However, it is this very human and compulsory reflex which can
work against us. As a mental health therapist, I can tell you most of the
DSM IV diagnosed "stress and anxiety disorder" patient's I
work with, is directly related to "over-use" or "mis-use" of this very
natural reaction to life.
It will be up to each and every one of us, to stride toward minimizing, or
perhaps better stated...preparing, for events ahead which could trigger
distorted 'cause and effect' reactions based on past experiences, or our
current inability to handle rapid change. It is my belief we will need to
practice are innate skills and powers of adaptability. It is for this
reason, I have foretold of not placing the importance of "where" you live,
but "who" you live with.
With events which may be unfolding in the next months and years, it will be
more important than ever before to sharpen our coping skills and survivor
instincts. This preparation involves the whole being. Physical (basic
survival equipment), Mental (ability to handle stress, anxiety, fear,
bewilderment), Spiritual (having a sense of purpose, a understanding of
process, evolution, transition, and synchronicity). Synchronicity - knowing
all that is happening is part of a bigger picture. A knowingness that all is
in perfect order. The understanding of a natural cycle.
Something Called PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Most often there is a connection to past trauma experienced as a child, or
later in life as an adult after undertaking shocking
and unexpected traumatic experiences. Some common traumatic experiences
include being physically attacked, being in a
serious accident, being in combat, being sexually assaulted, being in a
fire, or experiencing a disaster such as a hurricane,
earthquake or a tornado. After traumatic experiences, people can find
themselves having problems they didn't have before
People who go through traumatic experiences often have symptoms and problems
afterwards. How serious the symptoms
and problems are depends on many things, including a person's life
experiences before the trauma, a person's own natural
ability to cope with stress, how serious the trauma was, and what kinds of
help and support a person gets from family,
friends, and professionals immediately following the trauma.
Because most trauma survivors don't know how trauma usually affects people,
they often have trouble understanding what is
happening to them. They may think it is their fault that the trauma
happened, that they are going crazy, or that there is
something wrong with them because other people who were there don't seem to
have the same problems. They may turn to
drugs or alcohol to make them feel better. They may turn away from friends
and family who don't seem to understand. They
may not know what they can do to get better.
Who is most likely to develop PTSD?
1. Those who experience greater stressor magnitude and intensity,
unpredictability, uncontrollability, assault, victimization,
real or perceived responsibility, and betrayal.
2. Those with prior vulnerability factors such as genetics, early age of
onset and longer-lasting childhood trauma, lack of
functional social support, and concurrent stressful life events.
3. Those who report greater perceived threat or danger, suffering, upset,
terror, and horror or fear.
4. Those with a social environment that produces shame, guilt,
stigmatization, or self-hatred.
What are the consequences associated with PTSD?
PTSD is associated with a number of distinctive neurobiological and
physiological changes. PTSD may be associated with
stable neurobiological alterations in both the central and autonomic nervous
systems, such as altered brainwave activity,
decreased volume of the hippocampus, and abnormal activation of the
amygdala. Both the hippocampus and the amygdala
are involved in the processing and integration of memory. The amygdala has
also been found to be involved in coordinating
the body's fear response.
Psychophysiological alterations associated with PTSD include hyper-arousal
of the sympathetic nervous system, increased
sensitivity of the startle reflex, and sleep abnormalities.
People with PTSD tend to have abnormal levels of key hormones involved in
the body's response to stress. Thyroid function
also seems to be enhanced in people with PTSD. Some studies have shown that
cortisol levels in those with PTSD are lower
than normal and epinephrine and norepinephrine levels are higher than
normal. People with PTSD also continue to produce
higher than normal levels of natural opiates after the trauma has passed. An
important finding is that the neurohormonal
changes seen in PTSD are distinct from, and actually opposite to, those seen
in major depression. The distinctive profile
associated with PTSD is also seen in individuals who have both PTSD and
PTSD is associated with the increased likelihood of co-occurring psychiatric
disorders. In a large-scale study, 88 percent of
men and 79 percent of women with PTSD met criteria for another psychiatric
disorder. The co-occurring disorders most
prevalent for men with PTSD were alcohol abuse or dependence (51.9 percent),
major depressive episodes (47.9 percent),
conduct disorders (43.3 percent), and drug abuse and dependence (34.5
percent). The disorders most frequently co-morbid
with PTSD among women were major depressive disorders (48.5 percent), simple
phobias (29 percent), social phobias
(28.4 percent), and alcohol abuse/dependence (27.9 percent).
Here in-lies my dilemma
There have been several studies on how the public at large would react to
sudden, shocking, and possible life threatening
scenarios. Examples used 1) Nuclear attack 2) Asteroid heading directly
at earth 3) Disclosure of alien life 4) Natural
We were witness to this very real function of our government just hours
after the 9-11 al-Quada attacks. We saw "live" on
our television screens, government officials fighting over the issue of
disclosing or omitting factual information to the public.
We heard it was not wise to disclose information which would "panic" the
public out of fear of anarchy, violence, suicides,
and general civil-unrest. It was argued, the better way to "minimize" panic
was through informing the public of very real and
ongoing events, thereby giving the public a chance to understand, prepare
and adjust to whatever threats announced.
My studies have directed me to the latter. I believe it is far better to
assist in minimizing shock and surprise through education,
information and preparation. The theory of 'omission' to better serve the
public is simply out-dated, assuming it was ever
useful at all. I believe we have evolved significantly in our abilities to
acquire and process news as it occurs, regardless of its
Therefore, I have decided to disclose information to you as I receive it. I
trust that you can, and will, use your gift of
"discernment". Yes, it is true that many could be prone to suffer negative
reactions such as PTSD consequences, but at this
time, I believe it is better to be "aware and prepared". In fact, there are
studies which state clearly, it is the action of being
"aware and prepared" which will minimize the effects of shock, denial and
I am open to your feedback. If you disagree with my sentiments or theory of
disclosure, feel free to reply with your
The breaking news on volcanic activity will follow this article.
Thought For The Day
"In that the wisdom of the few becomes available to the many, there is
progress in human affairs; without it, the
static routine of tradition continues."
- Jospeh Jastrow
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