Last week my ninety-two year-old father fell twice and injured his back. He was placed in the hospital, where doctors ran a series of tests that revealed TIAs and a back fracture. The sad truth is that my father will continue to have TIAs and fall and the next call will be more ominous. As […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
A good friend of mine with post-traumatic stress disorder finds it stressful to ride in the back seat of a car. She stresses about the dangers that exist and envisions fatalistic scenes. Before treatment, worry could paralyze her. People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder often suffer from debilitating worry–not because they enjoy worrying about […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For nearly forty years, my best friend lived with the symptoms of PTSD: hyper-vigilance, sleeplessness, nightmares, flashbacks, rage, dissociation, depression, obsessive-compulsive and self-abusive behavior, avoidance and isolation, and a fixation on suicide. Much of her life was a horrific struggle that spiraled slowly downward over the years. But she never sought treatment for post-traumatic stress […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
This morning I hit the road with my friend Wanda to drive to Colorado Springs, where I’m scheduled to tape two radio programs with Focus on the Family on Monday–one show with Jim Daly and the other with Susie Larson and Greg Smalley. For the past two days, Wanda and I have been monitoring reports […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Nearly twenty years ago, Ontario police officer Marc Fleming was beaten nearly to death on the job. His struggle with PTSD since that day has not only devastated his life but taken a toll on his family. A recent article in thestar.com relates Fleming’s story. After receiving a call about a home break-in, Fleming pulled over a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
June is PTSD Awareness Month. The following post was taken from the National Center for PTSD. 1. Know more about PTSD. Understand common reactions to trauma and when those reactions might be PTSD. 2. Challenge your beliefs about treatment. PTSD treatment can help. We now have effective PTSD treatments that can make a difference in the lives of people […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.