Interrupting Global PTSD

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This course is based on the book Interrupting Global PTSD
by Teré Foster. The course exposes the of rise of emotional deprivation and Global PTSD. It offers a proposal for the conscious community to co-create an alliance that will build arcologies of highest well-being before it is too late for mankind to recover. Together we will design a kinder environment in which to live, work, and raise our children, one arcology at a time.

Emotional deprivation rewires the brain to over-estimate danger.

Through a series of painful events over a life-time, the brain begins to see everyone and everything as a threat to avoid or counterattack. This may be interpreted as a personality type when in fact it is the threat detection part of the brain mal-functioning. This is called Complex PTSD and can be passed down genetically, meaning the symptoms will continue to increase with every new generation.

Every symptom of Complex PTSD is on the rise.

As we look at the numbers below supplied by the American Institute of Stress, we might begin to understand why so many people we encounter are unfriendly, withdrawn, or down right mean. They may be experiencing one of the symptoms of Complex PTSD.

_____  Stress 
83% of U.S. workers suffer from stress, 23% higher than global statistics, causing 120,000 deaths yearly.
39% say their work stress is due to the workload.
35% say their stress is from their boss, Forbes magazine says it’s closer to 79%.
63% say they are ready to quit for lack of appreciation of their efforts

Tension 
a reaction to stress, results in chronic pain, headaches, and is associated with the rise in heart disease.

Depression 
$51 billion in costs due to absenteeism and $26 billion in treatment costs.

Anxiety
disorders such as OCD, GAD, PTSD, and SAD effect 40 million Americans yearly.

Insomnia 
50% of adults have occasional insomnia.  Loss of productivity costs $63 billion a year.

Eating Disorders 
30 million Americans suffer with bulimia or anorexia, and obesity has tripled since 1975.

Loneliness 
Harvard calls loneliness an epidemic worthy of public intervention, decreases immune function.

Emotional Detachment 
numbing, unable to fully engage with feelings, apathetic rather than empathetic.

Negativity 
98% report negativity or rudeness at work, 78% experience decline of commitment as a result.

Severe Inner Critic 
associated with depression, the inadequate self and the hated self is related to a 30% rise in self-harm and suicide since 2000.

Drugs 
both prescribed and illegal drug use is on the rise for people 12 years of age and up.

Irritability 
50% of depressed people have “anger attacks” similar to “panic attacks”.

Hostility 
political polarization is linked to higher rates of anxiety, depression, poorer health, and higher mortality.

Violence
Domestic Violence is on the rise by 23% since 2010.
Child abuse and neglect has increased steadily.
Homicides are on the rise, especially in big cities.

Avoidance 
aggression, passive-aggressiveness, all substance abuse, even the silent treatment and denial, simply help a person to avoid the deep feelings of emptiness associated with emotional deprivation.

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