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.
Several days ago, a crash occurred on the Aurora bridge in Seattle, causing the death of several area college students. The students were passengers on a Ride the Ducks tour vehicle that reportedly may have undergone a mechanical failure and veered into the path of an oncoming bus. Technological disasters are just one of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This past weekend I was blessed to have brunch with four of my former students. We’ve remained close for more than twenty years. As conversation progressed, it became obvious that each one of them had a relationship with trauma and PTSD through their painful life experiences. ALL of us experience events that overwhelm our ability to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Like some people, at times I’ve thought that my PTSD story isn’t legitimate enough or dramatic enough to be told. Because I consult in the area of PTSD, I’ve sometimes made the mistake of comparing my experiences to other people’s. My sexual abuse came at the hands of strangers. I’ve suffered ongoing medical trauma as […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In my journey of recovery from CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), I’ve been working through some deep issues of rage and anger. For most of my life, I rented space at a triplex I called Unforgiveness, Rage, and Anger. This is where I lived. And then it happened! Forgiveness came. I cannot pinpoint exactly […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I didn’t know much about trauma or PTSD until I met my best friend Wanda about five years ago. Like most people, I thought PTSD was a mental health problem mostly occurring among returning military members. I was wrong. I had no idea that people in large urban centers suffer from PTSD at higher percentages […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I live on a busy street that provides the only east-west connection between two major highways in our community. Although the area has a rural feel, highlighted by orchards, stables, and farms, the speed limit on our road is 55 mph. On weekends, I never fail to hear at least half a dozen emergency vehicles […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Four years ago, forty-eight year-old Wanda Sanchez was clinging to a life without hope. Every day was a struggle to stay alive. She’d planned her suicide and had every intent to carry out her plan. For decades she’d struggled with nightmares, flashbacks, addiction, self-abuse, compulsions, and other behaviors she simply couldn’t control. Rehab was a […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
A few years back I didn’t know much about post-traumatic stress disorder. I know a lot more about PTSD today–from the inside out. I just returned from a week of outpatient therapy at Intensive Trauma Therapy (ITT) in Morgantown, West Virginia, that changed my life. So here’s the REAL truth about people who live […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
My kids were five and seven the day we were rear-ended on a busy street. Although I didn’t connect the symptoms to the accident at the time, my children both showed signs of PTSD for months afterwards. I wish I’d known more about trauma at the time. One in ten children will continue to suffer […]Continue Reading... No Comments.