A support group for alien abductees is meeting in the U.K. to provide mutual support for each other. Not only do they have a troublesome relationship with a society that might call them “crazy”, but they may be causing more harm to each other even with good intentions. Doubtful News contacted a volunteer who helps UFO claimants in the U.S. about the harm such “support” groups can have and what are better alternatives.
People who have befriended aliens, had hybrid alien children, and developed eerie powers of prophecy after taking rides on alien spacecraft are among the star speakers who will take the stage at Britain’s only “support group” for those who claim to have met aliens.
More than 1,000 shy ‘contactees’ will meet at AMMACH in Hastings, on the 31st May, including people whose abductions made headline news, and a man who claims to have predicted 9/11 after a “close encounter” with an alien entity.
This article is a bit strange. What should we think about people who claim to have abduction experiences? Is there anything that can help them even if we don’t believe their story literally? As the piece suggests, a group of experiencers will have a tendency to simply reinforce each others’ belief. That’s not a positive step. The initial smart step for any abduction experiencer is to get their primary care provider involved as a matter of safety and to make sure this is not a medication or health issue.
Kitty Mervine, who, along with a group of volunteer therapists, has worked with alien abduction experiencers in the US for over 8 years believes such groups can be dangerous for the abduction experiencer. (In the US, the term chosen by those that believe they have had an alien abduction is “Abduction experiencer”). She told Doubtful News, “Many of those that believe they have been abducted by aliens can be helped by a quick check-in with their personal physician. The first thing anyone thinking they have been abducted by aliens needs to do is go over their list of medications. Medications with the side effect of “lucid dreaming” are especially guilty of creating a false sense of abduction. These include many of the newer sleep medications. Also there are many illnesses, some serious and some not, that need to be ruled out.”
She knows many people that have benefited greatly from therapy and medical intervention. “Imagine living with the belief that you have been abducted by aliens, imagine this happens to you multiple times. The trauma and fear can result in a person suffering from many of the same symptoms as PTSD. These people need to work closely with the medical field, not other believers. It’s a matter of not only safety, making sure you do not have a tumor or other serious illness, but also finding a way to make sure this does not take over your life.”
Very few alien experiencers are actually lying for attention, she finds. “Many people contact me because they are afraid of being considered ‘crazy” or are afraid of being ‘committed’ to a mental institution,” Kitty explains. “I always assure them that the medical professionals I have worked with would never make fun of anyone reporting such an experience; helping them is a priority. People are not locked up for simply claiming to be abducted by aliens.”
Kitty also has observed that alien abduction experiencers may be prime targets for exploitation by those that will look for “implants”, and by therapists without proper credentials that simply exploit the abduction experiencer for profit. “Even if most people continue their belief in alien abduction,” she says, “they feel much better” when they have support of trained therapists. But it’s important to seek QUALIFIED help.
Can we prove these persons have not been abducted by aliens? No. But regardless what happened to them, the person would be better helped treating the trauma of such an experience, than attending a group that simply reinforces their fears and terror.
Kitty Mervine runs Yankeeskeptic and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org