How Do People with PTSD Feel? Shelly Beach & Wanda Sanchez PTSDPerspectives ©2017 Having PTSD makes you feel like never you’re never safe. Having PTSD makes you want to hide any time anyone looks at you. You want to live in the dark, be invisible, and protect yourself from being noticed, because if you’re noticed, […]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. What it is, however, is the most honest I can be about the way it feels to live life stumbling around a psychological minefield of trauma triggers, hoping and praying that one doesn’t get set off. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I am 4.5 years post-PTSD treatment. Within days of my arrival at intensive Trauma Therapy my life changed. A lot. For the first time in 40 years I slept. This was an almost immediate change once I began to chip away at the lies that accompany trauma. As I went through treatment, things rapidly […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The following is reposted from our friends at Depression’s Collateral Damage. We encourage you to check out their blog. Recently a friend called me. She is a new mother and often feels that she isn’t doing the job right. Most of my time with her is listening and then reassuring her that she is a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Terrorist attacks. School shootings. Racial injustice. Politics. Is that story in the news robbing you of sleep at night? Even though you know better, do you find yourself needing to read every article, blog post, FB post or Twitter post about the story and its horrible aftermath? Are you obsessively watching ongoing coverage and/or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Just a shout out. Our newly-released book, Love Letters from the Edge, hit #1 on Amazon Kindle today in the devotional/meditations category. Humbled and grateful. Not because of sales (although I have nothing against sales or money). But because every day I talk to people with PTSD. People who are hopeless. People who are struggling and need […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Most people tend of think of people with post-traumatic stress disorder as veterans or Katrina victims. The general population doesn’t know that one in four women will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in her lifetime. When you’re sitting in a restaurant, ball game, church service, or business meeting, if every eighth person stood up, that’s […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I “met” Wanda Sanchez when she booked me to talk about my book, The Silent Seduction of Self Talk on her San Francisco radio show. I guess I did a good job because afterwards she booked me to do a series of shows on my caregiving books. We never talked, but why would we? […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The darkness. The compulsion to die. I couldn’t shake the obsession… no matter what I did. I prayed. I read the Bible. I ate. I ate more. I got high. And tried to get higher each time I used. I got numb. I zoned out. For months, my prayers had been short and to the point: “HELP!” […]Continue Reading... No Comments.