by Wanda Sanchez, PTSDPerspectives.org I circled the date on my calendar in red and gulped. I really didn’t want to do this but I’d canceled once already and knew I needed to make this appointment. Again. Ugh. I closed my eyes as my constant companion for the past 30 years of my life, nausea, barreled […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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... 2 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.
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.
Several months ago, I accompanied my good friend Wanda for an eye exam. During the procedure, the doctor shined very bright lights into her eyes. In one second, the adult Wanda “went away.” The lights triggered a trauma response rooted in an unknown event in her past. The trigger was one Wanda had never experienced […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
One of my trauma triggers is the sound of gunfire. The man who assaulted me when I was a young woman threatened to take my life if I screamed or fought. I still experience an exaggerated startle response because a “stuck” part of me is still waiting for a gun to fire and my life […]Continue Reading... No Comments.