Mar 22 2017

My Story – The Day I Saw Beyond the Whirlwind (Creative Writing About PTSD)

It’s Story Time! Story Time is when I look through my Journals and find creative writing pieces describing what it’s like to have PTSD and share them with you. This Story has to do with how PTSD changes perceptions of reality. March 21, 2017 Today I noticed the siding. The siding of the apartment outside …

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Feb 16 2017

The 8-Step Immobility Healing Exercise – How To Turn Immobility into a Door to Healing Past Trauma

If you find yourself frozen in immobility, what should you say – and what should you not say – to yourself? What can you do to help yourself get out of it? Today I Felt Paralyzed This morning I felt like I didn’t want to get up. It wasn’t voluntary. I didn’t decide I wouldn’t …

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Dec 30 2016

Resiliency Building “Help Now!” Activities

Help Now! Activities are ten quick, simple, practical and easy to remember activities designed to get you back into the Resilient Zone if you need help now! because you’re either too amped up (high zone) or too checked out (low zone). This helpful set of resiliency building strategies is taught in Community Resiliency Model (CRM) trainings. …

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Aug 14 2016

Kaleidoscopes of Chaos – How Traumatic Boundary Violations Destroy The Capacity for Self-Care

This essay discusses how childhood and relational trauma can violate boundaries and sense of self, and how restoring the fundamental sense of boundaries and self – personal rights, identity, voice, space –  can bring about more understanding and clarity around what it means to implement self-care in life. *** I saw a Self-Care Checklist on …

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Jun 30 2016

Resiliency Building Skills to Practice for Trauma Recovery

Much of trauma healing is helping the nervous system become more “resilient.” Rather than spend a few hours or even days drowning in a state of terror, tension and nervousness after getting triggered, doing one or more of these exercises can help the nervous system shift into a different state sooner. Each time you do …

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May 28 2016

On The Importance of Titration for Trauma Healing

I’ve been looking into getting trained in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). CRM is a training anyone from the general public can take and covers 6 of the 9 Skills that are taught in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) training (which is more geared to therapists and health practitioners).  CRM teaches Tracking, Resourcing, Grounding, Gesturing, …

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Apr 17 2016

21 Ways to Help Someone with PTSD Handle a Triggering Appointment

Because my traumas were medical in nature, it has been challenging for me to handle any appointment with a doctor or dentist. Being Triggered Can Feel At Times Quite Obvious and at Other Times, Very Subtle At any moment in a medical appointment, I can suddenly begin feeling a bit dizzy or dissociated, spaced out, …

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Mar 18 2016

Exploring the Relationship Between Cognitive Distortions and PTSD (The Robot Suit and The Dinosaur Suit)

Cognitive psychologists examine how PTSD arises from stressful thoughts while somatic psychologists focus on how PTSD arises from the body’s stress responses. I think that stress is being generated much of the time by both and they should be treated together. This article is an exploration of the relationship between cognitive distortions (The “Robot Suit”) …

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Feb 24 2016

The Dinosaur Suit – My Life with PTSD

During the first three years of having PTSD (2007 – 2010), I felt like I had a Dinosaur Suit on that I couldn’t take off. My reptilian brain was controlling everything, so it was like wearing a suit that I was seeing out of and that was influencing everything in my life. In 2010, I …

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Feb 12 2016

PTSD Challenges – Communication

Trauma and communication is a huge topic. I am touching on problem areas that I have personally experienced but there are probably many more. 10 Ways PTSD Messes With Communication: Interpersonal / Social Powerful Sense of Disconnect. Being in my own world characterized by the fight-flight perceptions means I don’t know how I am coming …

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