This week I had the privilege of talking a good friend of mine whose husband is an Afghanistan veteran who battles with complex post-traumatic stress. I met *Alisha (not her real name) a few months ago through a group for caregiving spouses. We quickly discovered shared experience with caring for loved ones with PTSD. And […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
During PTSD Awareness Month this June, PTSD Foundation of America is launching a nationwide campaign to discuss PTSD’s impact on veterans. The PTSD Foundation of America exists to combat post-traumatic stress by bringing healing to military communities, raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community, and to network through government agencies, service organizations, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A study of South-East Asian patients recently published in Cancer demonstrates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be persistent or even worsen in cancer patients up to four years after their diagnosis. “Our data underscore the risk of developing persistent PTSD even years after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” wrote Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, PhD, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Cici gave birth to twin daughters prematurely in her 34th week of pregnancy. Both were placed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). At the time they were born, Cici and her husband also had a five year-old daughter and a three year-old son at home. Cici remained in the hospital with the babies for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Trina was born addicted to heroin, although she didn’t learn why drugs “called her name” until she was in her thirties. Her parents were addicts and alcoholics, and domestic violence was creating stress in her tiny body before Tina was even born, releasing a barrage of adrenaline, cortisol, and other fight-or-flight chemicals into her developing […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Kenneth Copeland, who has drawn criticism for public statements on post-traumatic stress disorder and the Bible, will appear at a prayer breakfast at For Jackson in Columbia today. A number of veterans’ groups have protested his attendance, based on public statements Copeland made in 2013 regarding post-traumatic stress disorder and the Bible. According to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Shelly Beach PTSDPerspectives , Copyright 2017 One glance into the waiting room told me we were in trouble. I’d accompanied a friend to a dental appointment at a new office. She hadn’t had her teeth worked on in years, and because this appointment had been scheduled quickly, we hadn’t done due diligence and checked […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
PHOTO CREDIT: Pixabay Most often, when someone suffers a significant trauma, they’re encouraged to seek treatment. But Dr. Rachel Dekel, a professor at the Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, suggests that couples and families should seek treatment together. Why? Secondary traumatic stress is a real threat for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In the months following treatment for PTSD, I had a series of trigger failures. I hadn’t yet figured out how to stop my triggers from sending me into a downward spiral. I was exhausted trying to figure it all out. It was at this point that I knew I had to make a choice: confront […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Triggers suck. There, I said it. Granted, that’s probably not the most eloquent way to start a blog post. But it is the most honest I can be about the way it feels to stumble around a psychological minefield of trauma triggers, hoping and praying that one doesn’t go off. In my journey of learning […]Continue Reading... No Comments.