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Novel PTSD/Trauma Memory Retrieval Entry point

Firstly Correct me if the technique is already used. I propose using music and childhood TV programme's as a trigger/ entry point during trauma and PTSD counseling. I find that both trigger memories in me and others, and that it would be ideal to explore the profound psychological attachment and relevant memories that are associated with the memories of music and child hood TV programming. I think we all retain those memories in a much more vivid way, and that they could be used as a gentle entry point in the conversation to explore that time and timeline in the patients life.

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  • Nov 13 2013: I would advise using caution when introducing music from T.V. programming. In my personal experience, I used T.V. to "tune out" trauma and to dissociate as a young child. So .. it is most definitely a trigger and will invoke a strong response. My concern, is that the music from cartoons etc. can stick in one's head like a terrible record that replays again and again and the patient may not be able to shake the sound of it, even for days after a session and consequently may remain triggered or worse, in a state of severe dissociation. I avoid watching T.V. in my life as an adult (for soooooo many reasons .. lol.)
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      Nov 13 2013: I see what you are saying.I was thinking more of watching the childhood TV programmes and then being asked what memory you associate with it, I see even my question has made you recall when you used to zone out.Think we attach a small snapshot of our lives that is attached to childhood TV programming, and could be used to explore that visualization and expand the timeline around it, to discuss how you felt at the time.But yes it probably would trigger a strong response?

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