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.
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.
I didn’t know much about trauma or PTSD until I met my best friend Wanda about five years ago. Like most people, I thought PTSD was a mental health problem mostly occurring among returning military members. I was wrong. I had no idea that people in large urban centers suffer from PTSD at higher percentages […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The first week of December I was visiting my kids and grandkids in the Pacific Northwest for an early Christmas with my husband. On December 30, I was undergoing brain surgery for what had been diagnosed as a glioma surrounding my brain stem. Doctors considered my brain tumor to be inoperable because of the location. […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
This morning I made a bagel and eggs for breakfast. While I was toasting, buttering, and frying, the two lobes of my brain were working together to process my thoughts. During the normal course of life, the two sides of our brain talk to each other to make sense of the world. The left side […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.