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.
Yesterday I met a friend for coffee, although we didn’t know each other well. We met to discuss our strokes–hers hemorrhagic and mine a brain stem stroke. Both of our strokes struck suddenly last year. By the time we left the coffee shop after a 90 minute conversation, we knew one another extremely well. […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Like some people, at times I’ve thought that my PTSD story isn’t legitimate enough or dramatic enough to be told. Because I consult in the area of PTSD, I’ve sometimes made the mistake of comparing my experiences to other people’s. My sexual abuse came at the hands of strangers. I’ve suffered ongoing medical trauma as […]Continue Reading... No Comments.