Category Archive: PTSD Symptoms

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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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 1. Powerful Sense of Disconnect. Being in my own world characterized by fight-flight perceptions means I don’t know how I am coming …

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Jan 29 2016

PTSD Challenges – Perceiving and Experiencing Goodness

(This is Part 3 of the article How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life that covers #4 The Goodness Aperture in more depth.) Peter Levine on Goodness Peter Levine talks about how building the capacity to experience goodness within the body is important for trauma recovery. Goodness represents a brand new group of …

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Jan 20 2016

How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life Part 2 – Activation of the Nervous System

PTSD sabotaged my efforts to get dental treatment for 8 years. This article goes a little bit into the story of my struggles finding a dentist and covers how experiencing activation of the nervous system was such an impediment to achieving my goal of having all my dental issues resolved. PTSD, The Dentist and Me …

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Jan 20 2016

How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life – Overview of 10 Ways

PTSD can be Detrimental to Physical Health PTSD can contribute to the development of health problems. The muscular, chemical, nervous system and hormonal stresses caused by PTSD – the chronically hyped-up state due to the over-activation of the reptilian brain 24/7 – along with repressed rage and emotional pain, can cause stress. I would characterize …

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Sep 11 2015

23 Things I Wish People Understood About PTSD

I’ve seen a number of great lists floating around the internet about what people with PTSD wish the people around them understood, so I thought I’d create my own version. From my perspective after 8 years of recovery, these are the things I wish people understood. Enjoy! PTSD is as real as any physical wound. …

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Apr 28 2015

Why It’s Difficult to “Think Positive!” When You Have PTSD

If you have PTSD you may notice you have an overwhelmingly negative outlook on life. You may see motivational messages about thinking positively and want to give it a whirl. I know I see people who are infectiously positive and I think to myself, “Wow, I’d love to be like that!” I think that learning …

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Mar 22 2015

Novocaine Zombie – A Poem About the Frequencies of Terror of PTSD

Novocaine Zombie – A Poem About the Frequencies of Terror of PTSD 95-100 sheer terror blown apart stretched far beyond the perimeters of self a plaster explosion of me solidifies while screaming ( silently ) frantic …………….stillness ………. )I( ……..feeling-less (can’t) hot whiteness )see( ………. within…………this………….endless…………….moment all life is suspended in a super-sonic flash in …

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