by Wanda Sanchez, PTSD/Trauma Consultant A few weeks ago I was going about my day, getting ready for a business lunch meeting. Showered, shampooed and shined, I was applying my makeup in my big, round, brightly lit make-up mirror, when seemingly out of nowhere, there it was. THAT thought. And then the NEXT one. The thoughts inside my […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
How Do People with PTSD Feel? Shelly Beach & Wanda Sanchez PTSDPerspectives ©2017 Having PTSD makes you feel like never you’re never safe. Having PTSD makes you want to hide any time anyone looks at you. You want to live in the dark, be invisible, and protect yourself from being noticed, because if you’re noticed, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Lynn’s nightmares woke her in terror every night until she was forty-eight years old. Even after highly successful trauma treatment a number of years ago, she still has trouble sleeping. Although her nightmares are gone, she still sometimes fights anxiety and insomnia. Her body kicks and flails in her sleep as she fights inner battles. […]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.
I am 4.5 years post-PTSD treatment. Within days of my arrival at intensive Trauma Therapy my life changed. A lot. For the first time in 40 years I slept. This was an almost immediate change once I began to chip away at the lies that accompany trauma. As I went through treatment, things rapidly […]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.
Urban realities Roughly 3,500 American troops were killed during eight years of combat in Iraq, and over the same period, 3,113 people were killed on the streets of Philadelphia – a statistic mirrored in many American cities. In the city of Atlanta, 50% of inner city residents reported knowing a victim of murder. Victims of trauma […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Most people tend of think of people with post-traumatic stress disorder as veterans or Katrina victims. The general population doesn’t know that one in four women will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in her lifetime. When you’re sitting in a restaurant, ball game, church service, or business meeting, if every eighth person stood up, that’s […]Continue Reading... No 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.
The darkness. The compulsion to die. I couldn’t shake the obsession… no matter what I did. I prayed. I read the Bible. I ate. I ate more. I got high. And tried to get higher each time I used. I got numb. I zoned out. For months, my prayers had been short and to the point: “HELP!” […]Continue Reading... No Comments.