Tag Archive: trauma

Jun 08 2017

Nine Reasons a Person with PTSD May Be Incapable of Meeting Their Partner’s Relationship Needs

People sometimes ask me for help to gain some understanding of, get back together with or be a better partner to their partner with PTSD. Sometimes, the first thing I mention is, “Maybe they’re incapable of being in a relationship right now.” There are a couple ways of looking at this idea. First, the person …

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May 04 2017

13 Reasons Why: The Positive and Negative Effects on Someone Frequently Suicidal due to PTSD

This article discusses suicide. If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They are very nice people and really do help. You can also Text “START” to 741741 or chat online with someone at the Lifeline Crisis Chat. Trigger Warning: The topics of suicide and rape are …

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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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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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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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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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