I went to Iraq from Oct 2003 to Mar 2005 as an Army Infantryman. I have struggle through reintegration with the world ever since. Alisha is my best friend and the love of my life. She has been very supportive of me and helpful in my recovery. I believe that being my caregiver has been […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the passions that drives colleague Wanda Sanchez and me in our work with PTSDPerspectives.org is our desire to help eradicate the massive misunderstanding about mental illness and PTSD in our nation. We launched our blog and our consulting in an effort to help people understand what PTSD is and what it is not. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The War Within: Finding Hope for Post-Traumatic Stress Thousands of courageous men and women risk their lives in combat. But few of us understand the private inner battle they bring home. For many, it is an ongoing personal struggle that continues long after the war is over. In The War Within: Finding Hope for Post-Traumatic […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
One of my trauma triggers is the sound of gunfire. The man who assaulted me when I was a young woman threatened to take my life if I screamed or fought. I still experience an exaggerated startle response because a “stuck” part of me is still waiting for a gun to fire and my life […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
With increasing numbers of soldiers returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hollywood is producing more stories that capture the struggles of those with post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2009, war reporter David Finkel won acclaim for and numerous writing honors for his memoir The Good Soldiers, about his experiences being embedded in a battalion of American soldiers […]Continue Reading... No Comments.