Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Psychological Treatment of Birth Trauma with Age Regression and Its Relationship to Chemical Dependency

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Psychological Treatment of Birth Trauma with Age Regression and Its Relationship to Chemical Dependency

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The purpose of this paper is twofold; first, to provide some understanding of a very severe birth trauma which, until recently, was unrecognized and therefore untreated psychologically; and second, to provide insight into a method of treatment.

There are many occurrences which cause trauma by or before the time of birth. The one, above all others, that causes severe trauma relates to oxygen deprivation which can occur presumably at any time during pregnancy. It happens most often in the third trimester and particularly as term approaches. The mother's ability to supply oxygen to the fetus becomes marginal as the fetus grows and its need for oxygen increases. Concurrently, the placenta grows and its need for oxygen also increases. Since the placenta is interposed between mother and the fetus, the placenta draws its need first, and the remaining oxygen goes to the fetus. Even under normal conditions, the fetus has little to spare by the time of birth.

There are both physical and emotional causes of oxygen deprivation. (Listed on page 131.)

Fetal oxygen deprivation represents a primary problem in the world today. We can support a probability of 20-30% of all babies having experienced it to a severe degree, but short of any material amount of brain damage. Some authorities rate this occurrence at over 50%. A physician who delivers babies in a poverty area stated that he observed meconeum in amniotic fluid occurring in 50-60% of deliveries. Since the baby does not eat, there is no physical need for it to have a bowel movement; however, it is a well known fact that sudden powerful fear may cause the bowels to move, even in the fetus.1,3,6,10,16

A normal baby has its problems, but they are minor compared to those resulting from PRENATAL SUFFOCATION.11,19 If oxygen deprivation is severe enough to cause loss of consciousness, then a precise pattern of emotionality will result. The following seven symptoms are part and parcel of what I have named the Prenatal Suffocation Syndrome (PSS):

Breathlessness

Helplessness

Panic

Depression

Hopelessness

Exhaustion

Rage

There are other emotions related to PSS, but they are not always present and so do not fall within the specifications of "syndrome," some of which are: rejection, loneliness, claustrophobia, agorophobia, and a need to get "away from" (where ever one may happen to be). This need to get "away from" is not concerned with going to any particular place, just away from.

Importance of Prenatal Suffocation Syndrome (PSS)

There are four identifiable problems, in which PSS is a causative factor, or perhaps even the prime cause. These are:

1. Borderline schizophrenia,

2. Alcohol abuse,

3. Drug abuse, and

4. "Nervous Breakdown."

1. Throughout my years of practice, I have worked with a number of patients who had spent time in mental hospitals, and had been labeled Schizophrenic. All, without exception, demonstrated PSS. Those people had extreme FEAR-of FEAR ITSELF. They panicked at the prospect of becoming fearful.

Borderline schizophrenics are those who have not developed a sufficient loss of contact with environment and disintegration of personality deserving the classification of schizophrenia. They are very difficult to treat as patients; because they are so very fearful of the thought of suffocation, anticipation of something unknown may trigger their escape mechanism, and they will make every effort to avoid therapy because the thought of getting into their feelings is seemingly more than they can stand.2,8,15

2. and 3. Alcohol and Drug Abuse: The compulsion which motivates excessive use of these agents relates to the need to escape: to escape the feelings induced by prenatal oxygen deprivation. By inducing blackout and or/unconsciousness, drugs (including alcohol) provide this escape. In order to understand how drugs provide "escape," it is necessary to understand why the user needs to escape. …

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