A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) states that “exposure to one or more potentially traumatic events in a lifetime is associated with a host of potential negative behavioral and physical effects, ranging from mental illness and depression to substance abuse, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
1. Just get over it. The truth is, that without proper treatment, people with PTSD can’t “get over it.” Trauma creates a biological fight-flight reaction that “freezes” one side of the brain while “locking” the terrorizing experience in the other side. The brain is unable to process the experience with a beginning, middle, and end […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Like many people with PTSD, one of my best friends finds it difficult to attend church. Because I know her story and understand trauma, I understand her challenges. But when other people see her lack of attendance, they often think she isn’t committed to church. But this simply isn’t the case. Those who battle PTSD […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Many of our readers know the story of how my colleague, co-author and friend Wanda and I met. Long story short, we were strangers who lived on opposite sides of the country. Wanda was a radio producer, and I was an author. She booked me by email to be on her show, but following our […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
According to the Huffington Post, more than 6 million kids will prepare to head off to sleep-over camps this summer. Some kids (like my daughter) will leave with a smile on their faces, ready to take over the camp and make everyone their new best friend. Others will be tentative at the thought of leaving Mom […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“For most of my life I’ve thought I was crazy. But for the first time, someone’s named what I’m struggling with and told me there’s help. Thank you!” Almost every time my colleague Wanda and I speak about post-traumatic stress disorder, someone responds with words similar to these. Unfortunately, far too many people still think […]Continue Reading... No Comments.