“We’ve offered advice and you ignore it. You’re using your trauma as an excuse to abandon us.” My friend’s words stung, but they didn’t surprise me. For several years I’d been trying to sort out my PTS symptoms–fear, psychological/emotional paralysis, numbness, triggers, and the confusion that had overtaken my life– and explain my struggles to […]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.
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.
Like many people with PTSD, one of my best friends finds it difficult to attend church. Because I know her story and understand trauma, I understand her challenges. But when other people see her lack of attendance, they often think she isn’t committed to church. But this simply isn’t the case. Those who battle PTSD […]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.
This is a guest blog post by our very good friend, author Mary Potter Kenyon. Enjoy! —————————————————————————————————– I have no doubt that by the end of March I will be able to look back on the first year after David’s death and see clearly just how badly I’ve actually handled so many things. Our Christmas […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Today is Veterans Day here in the U.S. – the anniversary of the end of World War I and a day to honor U.S. military veterans and victims of all wars. Veterans Day events across the country will spotlight the very best of the human spirit displayed during war: courage, service and a willingness to sacrifice their […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Ten years ago my husband Dan and I moved from Iowa back to my home state of Michigan. Why? My mom had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and I wanted to take care of her. After a three-month search, Dan and I found jobs and a house forty-five minutes from my parents. When we moved, my […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
NOTE: This is a blog post from our friends at Depressions Collateral Damage. Check out their blog, there is some really great stuff there! Remember growing up and being told to eat everything on your plate? When you complained you were told that the poor starving children in Korea (or China or Sudan – you pick […]Continue Reading... No Comments.