With the number of reported UFO/UAP sightings increasing daily, there is a growing excitement that the phenomenon is becoming accepted and more people will be coming forward with their experiences. One group that may not be excited about this is mental health professionals. A recent study on the effects of UAP experiences – from sightings to alien contact to abductions – found that many of the encounters caused physical and psychological symptoms ranging from headaches and nausea to anxiety and sleep disturbance to mental trauma resembling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fortunately, an organization has been formed to help medical professionals diagnose and treat those whose stress is caused by UAP encounters. Let’s take a look at the organization and one doctor who is leading the charge to treat UFO PTSD.
“I've got a family history of these exposures (to UAP) that goes back to when I was five years old. And actually, there's one or two before that that my family talks about. So I've been dealing with the subject all my life. My therapist was out to lunch in terms of UFOs in general, but she was good with trauma.”
Ted Roe is the cofounder and Executive Director of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) – an organization formed in 1999 to document and analyze aviation safety-related encounters with Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). NARCAP has since become a leading resource for those doing aviation related UAP research. The NARCAP reporting center gave pilots and air traffic controllers a safe place to report UAPs without fear of ridicule or job loss. In an interview with the Roswell Daily Record, Roe says he met enough of these witnesses and experiencers like himself – those with symptoms of trauma - to recognize a disturbing trend.
“I started noticing people in the groups, and they were all having trouble too. I tried to join some experiencer groups. Oh, no. There's a lot of sickness in there, but that's where people go because they're desperate. You know, it's all in their psychology and whether they have the discipline to hold to the reality of what they went through. So I'm worried about them, and I realized that the mental health and medical community was not at all prepared to deal with this.”
Like his experience with pilots seeing UFOs, that frustration and concern inspired him to create his own support organization - the UAP Medical Coalition (UAPMC). Its charter is to assist medical and mental health professionals with information and case studies on people dealing with trauma from various UAP experiences, and share the types of therapy and counseling that work to relieve it. One resource is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine whose research led the CIA to contact him to do blood analysis on agents who were ill from alleged UFO encounters. What they didn’t know was that Dr. Garry Nolan of Stanford University was a UFO experiencer too.
“I had an early experience in my childhood as well as a sighting of my own at age 12 as a paperboy out on my route early one morning with something going over my head.”
In an interview with the Dallas Voice, Nolan explains he kept that experience to himself, but his work on the tiny Atacama Skeleton – the skeleton found buried in the Atacama Desert in 2003 that was rumored to be an alien but what Nolan proved was the skeleton of a pre-term young girl with a genetic deformity – pushed his name into more unusual or “fringe” areas of research. That led to the CIA contact and looking at over 100 cases of people in the aerospace industry who began suffering from unexplained illnesses. While he is not at liberty to give details, he noticed brain changes in some of them. He also revealed in an interview with Vice that some had died as the result of their experience. As a result of his research, he says he’s been “dragged further and deeper into the reality of this phenomena.” And some recent UFO sightings have caused him to be contacted again.
“Unfortunately I cannot talk about some of the stuff that is obvious, but all you need to do is look at the information coming forward from the government right now, including 12 U.S. senators — bipartisan — saying this topic needs more funding following our recent Chinese balloon and unknown objects being shot down.”
While Nolan admits the UFOs were balloons, they still warrant scientific study … and so do the pilots who encountered them. He says that as word spreads about his unusual background in the field of UAP encounters, “it was the only thing people wanted to talk about at dinners.” That includes other university doctors, professors and researchers, who now tell him, “Garry, you know you were right.” And if they won’t admit it, he can point out that the president of the United States has set up an interagency task force on UFOs. Just like Ted Roe’s UAP Medical Coalition, Dr. Nolan is now becoming a resource for medical professionals dealing with forms of anxiety, illnesses and PTSD caused by a variety of UAP experiences. Besides helping them with their patients, he also counsels them on dealing with skeptical colleagues and friends.
“I have counseled more than a dozen academics on how to talk about it, how to walk that fine line, how to address those who challenge you and in what common areas, the rhetoric and the verbiage best used and most accepted as well as how to present it.”
One thing Nolan and Roe seem to agree on is that neither they nor other researchers can pinpoint which part of the UFO or alien encounter has caused the PTSD symptoms. The Roswell Daily Record says some researchers believe the UAPs or even extraterrestrials emit a form of electromagnetic radiation that could trigger the symptoms. Roe says his community of professionals needs not only to study the witnesses but to “argue and debate and come up with their own good ideas on how their profession should engage on this topic.” Or as Dr. Nolan puts it:
“The biggest problem today is that Group A with Piece A doesn’t talk to Group B with Piece B, yet one is a part of the other.”
If that’s not the best definition of how government works, it should be. Roe got involved and formed the UAP Medical Coalition to help himself as well as other experiencers. He feels good about it, and Nolan thinks that’s a good thing.
“And for those over many decades who faced ridicule and mockery for what they experienced, this has got to be incredibly validating for them, and we should be happy for them in this regard. But there’s much, much more to come. Stay tuned.”
We will, Dr. Nolan and Ted Roe ... we will.