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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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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Nov 24 2015

Immobility, The Freeze Response to Trauma – The Story of the Deer in the Road

It’s Story Time! “The Deer in the Road” Once upon a time a deer wandered out of the forest and onto a flat, stone-like piece of ground. It was night. A few clouds passed across the moon and the wind rustled the tufts of grass along the edge of the gravely surface. All was quiet …

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Oct 31 2015

Ghosts and Flowers – The Paradoxes of Posttraumatic Growth

It’s Halloween, a day of ghosts, ghouls and goblins – but this image is not about the ghosts of Halloween. It’s about the “ghosts” of PTSD and how they interact with the “flowers” of posttraumatic growth. It’s an image showing how complex the whole concept of posttraumatic growth is in the context of posttraumatic stress. …

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Oct 16 2015

Being in a Relationship with Someone with PTSD – A Video Game Analogy (Pt. 1)

Sometimes using an analogy helps enhance understanding. What if you met someone with PTSD inside a video game? What would their Big Boss look like? What kinds of Side Quests would they be going on? How would this affect your life if you are their partner and trying to play the Relationship video game with …

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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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Aug 07 2015

Using Your Past Self as a Healing Resource for PTSD

PTSD and Driving Don’t Mix Well My Mom recently bought me a car (on June 16th to be exact). So I’ve had it now for a month and a half. I’ve been driving more frequently in the last week (since boyfriend aka chauffeur is away) and I noticed I was developing a fear of driving. …

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