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.
Several months ago, I accompanied my good friend Wanda for an eye exam. During the procedure, the doctor shined very bright lights into her eyes. In one second, the adult Wanda “went away.” The lights triggered a trauma response rooted in an unknown event in her past. The trigger was one Wanda had never experienced […]Continue Reading... 6 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 last months of my life have been a minefield of trauma triggers that have made life challenging. I confessed my weariness and discouragement to a few close friends and received varied responses ranging from compassion to polite superficialities to spiritual exhortation. Often people–especially those in faith-based circles–tend to see PTSD as an emotional response […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
My beautiful daughter was born with a day planner in one hand and a suitcase in another. While she was still a teenager, she began traveling the world, working in orphanages and schools, feeding the hungry, and boldly staring into the face of human suffering. During a brief stint, Jess landed back in the States […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
The call comes in the middle of the night. A tragic accident. Suicide. The betrayal and devastation of domestic violence. Sexual assault. In one stunning moment, your friend, colleague, church member, or loved one’s life has changed forever. And they’re turning to you for help. What do you do? It can be difficult to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Just a shout out. Our newly-released book, Love Letters from the Edge, hit #1 on Amazon Kindle today in the devotional/meditations category. Humbled and grateful. Not because of sales (although I have nothing against sales or money). But because every day I talk to people with PTSD. People who are hopeless. People who are struggling and need […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought PTSD to our attention as never before. Today, hundreds of thousands of service men and women and recent military veterans have seen combat. Many have been shot at, seen their buddies killed, or witnessed death up close. These are types of events that can lead to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Imagine that you’ve been suffering from headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. You visit your doctor, and she performs a series of tests. Much to your dismay, she reports back that they’ve discovered a brain tumor. Your doctor prescribes pain killers for your headaches, motion sickness medication for your dizziness, and special prescription glasses for your […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.