Lynn’s nightmares woke her in terror every night until she was forty-eight years old. Even after highly successful trauma treatment a number of years ago, she still has trouble sleeping. Although her nightmares are gone, she still sometimes fights anxiety and insomnia. Her body kicks and flails in her sleep as she fights inner battles. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) states that “exposure to one or more potentially traumatic events in a lifetime is associated with a host of potential negative behavioral and physical effects, ranging from mental illness and depression to substance abuse, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
One of the symptoms common to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is self-injury. This can come in the form of cutting, burning, head-banging,hair-pulling, drinking toxic chemicals, and other forms of self-harm. Self-injury is sometimes regarded as one of the more shameful aspects of PTSD, in part, because of common myths associated with self-injury: Myth: People who self-injure […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Children experience many kinds of trauma as they grow up. Some traumas are ongoing, such as abuse or illness. Other types of trauma are sudden and singular, like the death of a family member or a natural disaster. Traumas are processed as losses for children: loss of safety, loss of identity, or loss of a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I was five, my parents took me to the hospital, where my tonsils were removed and I spent the night. Alone. I felt shocked and abandoned when my parents left at the end of visiting hours. But in the sixties visiting hours were visiting hours, and parents went home. Even if their kids were […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I am almost 5 years post-intensive PTSD/trauma treatment. Today I am 5 years older and a lot wiser in the ways of trauma and PTSD. Five years ago I just wanted to die. I didn’t care how it happened and had spent years thinking about how best to do that as I tumbled further and further […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Several days ago, a crash occurred on the Aurora bridge in Seattle, causing the death of several area college students. The students were passengers on a Ride the Ducks tour vehicle that reportedly may have undergone a mechanical failure and veered into the path of an oncoming bus. Technological disasters are just one of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This past weekend I was blessed to have brunch with four of my former students. We’ve remained close for more than twenty years. As conversation progressed, it became obvious that each one of them had a relationship with trauma and PTSD through their painful life experiences. ALL of us experience events that overwhelm our ability to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I was surprised when I began my trauma treatment and learned that the therapy approach used at Intensive Trauma Therapy in Morgantown, West Virginia, treats an individual’s earliest traumas. One foundational component of the Instinctual Trauma Response Model (ITR) is based on the concept that significant life traumas can take place in the womb. This […]Continue Reading... No Comments.