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.
Most people who think of PTSD think of soldiers returning home, fighting the demons of combat. Of course, that’s true. PTSD occurs when an event overcomes the brain’s ability to cope. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that PTSD occurs among those who have experienced shocking or scary events and have trouble recovering from the […]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.
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.
You know the feeling. Its that stone cold fear you have in your gut when you realize that family commitments and obligations have your back to the wall. The important people in your life rightfully expect you to be fully present when family and friends gather for the upcoming holidays. Thing is, you’re unprepared for the ‘heart […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Several months ago, I accompanied my good friend Wanda for an eye exam. During the procedure, the doctor shined very bright lights into her eyes. In one second, the adult Wanda “went away.” The lights triggered a trauma response rooted in an unknown event in her past. The trigger was one Wanda had never experienced […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
The call comes in the middle of the night. A tragic accident. Suicide. The betrayal and devastation of domestic violence. Sexual assault. In one stunning moment, your friend, colleague, church member, or loved one’s life has changed forever. And they’re turning to you for help. What do you do? It can be difficult to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For the past three years, I’ve been speaking and consulting on post-traumatic stress disorder. After I accompanied my best friend for treatment that radically changed her life, I began to suspect that my life was unraveling because of untreated trauma. But I was different from other people who suffered PTSD. Or so I thought. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.