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. What it is, however, is the most honest I can be about the way it feels to live life stumbling around a psychological minefield of trauma triggers, hoping and praying that one doesn’t get set off. […]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.
Today’s post is provided by guest blogger Julia Merrill, a retired board certified nurse practitioner and founder of befriendyourdoc.org, a website dedicated to helping people become their own advocate in seeking medical care, dealing with insurance companies, and making sure they are contributing to their own health and well-being. A Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis […]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.
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.
I am almost 5 years post-intensive PTSD/trauma treatment. Today I am 5 years older and a lot wiser in the ways of trauma and PTSD. Five years ago I just wanted to die. I didn’t care how it happened and had spent years thinking about how best to do that as I tumbled further and further […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Several days ago, a crash occurred on the Aurora bridge in Seattle, causing the death of several area college students. The students were passengers on a Ride the Ducks tour vehicle that reportedly may have undergone a mechanical failure and veered into the path of an oncoming bus. Technological disasters are just one of […]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.
Like some people, at times I’ve thought that my PTSD story isn’t legitimate enough or dramatic enough to be told. Because I consult in the area of PTSD, I’ve sometimes made the mistake of comparing my experiences to other people’s. My sexual abuse came at the hands of strangers. I’ve suffered ongoing medical trauma as […]Continue Reading... No Comments.