“We’ve offered advice and you ignore it. You’re using your trauma as an excuse to abandon us.” My friend’s words stung, but they didn’t surprise me. For several years I’d been trying to sort out my PTS symptoms–fear, psychological/emotional paralysis, numbness, triggers, and the confusion that had overtaken my life– and explain my struggles to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I went to Iraq from Oct 2003 to Mar 2005 as an Army Infantryman. I have struggle through reintegration with the world ever since. Alisha is my best friend and the love of my life. She has been very supportive of me and helpful in my recovery. I believe that being my caregiver has been […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
This week I had the privilege of talking a good friend of mine whose husband is an Afghanistan veteran who battles with complex post-traumatic stress. I met *Alisha (not her real name) a few months ago through a group for caregiving spouses. We quickly discovered shared experience with caring for loved ones with PTSD. And […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
During PTSD Awareness Month this June, PTSD Foundation of America is launching a nationwide campaign to discuss PTSD’s impact on veterans. The PTSD Foundation of America exists to combat post-traumatic stress by bringing healing to military communities, raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community, and to network through government agencies, service organizations, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A study of South-East Asian patients recently published in Cancer demonstrates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be persistent or even worsen in cancer patients up to four years after their diagnosis. “Our data underscore the risk of developing persistent PTSD even years after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” wrote Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, PhD, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Shelly Beach PTSDPerspectives , Copyright 2017 One glance into the waiting room told me we were in trouble. I’d accompanied a friend to a dental appointment at a new office. She hadn’t had her teeth worked on in years, and because this appointment had been scheduled quickly, we hadn’t done due diligence and checked […]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.
PHOTO CREDIT: Pixabay Most often, when someone suffers a significant trauma, they’re encouraged to seek treatment. But Dr. Rachel Dekel, a professor at the Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, suggests that couples and families should seek treatment together. Why? Secondary traumatic stress is a real threat for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Triggers suck. There, I said it. Granted, that’s probably not the most eloquent way to start a blog post. But it is the most honest I can be about the way it feels to stumble around a psychological minefield of trauma triggers, hoping and praying that one doesn’t go off. In my journey of learning […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Most people who think of PTSD think of soldiers returning home, fighting the demons of combat. Of course, that’s true. PTSD occurs when an event overcomes the brain’s ability to cope. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that PTSD occurs among those who have experienced shocking or scary events and have trouble recovering from the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.