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.
Right now our household needs a little Valium, or somebody’s gonna die. That “somebody” would be our fourteen-year-old mini-dachsund Beanie. For the past three days, Beanie has been cowering beneath my feet as our neighbors detonate their “practice” 4th of July fireworks. I’m not sure what they’re shooting off over there, but it’s loud enough […]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.