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.
“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.
School shootings and other types of traumatic experiences can have long-lasting effects, but with proper support and early intervention, children can heal and move beyond the trauma. Nancy Rodda, senior director of clinical services for Genessee County Community Mental Health in Flint, Michigan, states, “With the right help, children are very resilient. We have many different […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.