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.
It is possible that gardening could contribute to improved mental health and help ease the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Some doctors think so, and their patients and clients would agree. Horicultural therapy was first introduced by Dr. Benjamin Rush, who used it with patients with mental illnesses back in the 1800s. After World War […]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.
The following article is taken from U.S. News and World Report, written by Rachel Brody, featuring a newly released biography by Barbara Leaming. Jackie Kennedy has long been a subject of fascination for the American public. But after the brutal and very public assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy, the former first lady […]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.
Recently, retired Army General Peter Chiarelli endorsed the idea that post-traumatic stress disorder should be renamed post-traumatic stress injury. According to a December 2012 article in Time, General Chiarelli believes the term injury more accurately represents what does and does not happen in the traumatized brain. His recommendation has sparked controversy, with some experts claiming that the […]Continue Reading... 6 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.
Most expectant and new mothers envision nursing to be the ultimate bonding experience with their child. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sadly, post-traumatic stress disorder can be a contributing factor, and women may not be aware of the cause-and-effect relationship in order to be able to best address their frustrations. I recently spoke to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I was in my late teens, in a rare moment of vulnerability, I confided in an older Christian woman about my struggle with an eating disorder. My healthy, athletic body had turned rail-thin. Exhaustion and aching, atrophying muscles took over. Baggy clothes no longer hid my private efforts of controlling food, and I could […]Continue Reading... 5 Comments.