Category: PTSD

Damaged Strength

Ten days in the redneck, hillbilly town I spent my teen years in. What the hell was I thinking?!I left the town 33 years ago. I’ve been back to visit a grand whopping total of three times, yes, roughly once each decade since my escape. Thirty years away… not nearly long enough. I’m fearful of […]


Living With a Loved One’s PTSD

Nightmares. Rage. Addictions. Avoidance behaviors. Paranoia. Hyper-vigilance. These symptoms are the everyday realities of living with a loved one who has PTSD. For family members and friends who don’t have PTSD, it can be difficult to understand. PTSD symptoms can be triggered by a wide variety of things: sounds, situations, smells, even common words and […]


I’m Sorry, I Promise!

Probably two of the most meaningless and misused words in the English language are “sorry” and “promise.” We want desperately to believe them when we hear them. We accept the apology and forgive. We accept the promise with renewed hope. Yet 99% of the time, they fall flat.   We know that if someone is […]


PTSD and Gender

The two populations with the highest frequency of PTSD diagnoses are: – military combat soldiers – prison inmates Since both of these populations are predominantly male, I had (wrongly) assumed that men were more likely to develop and be diagnosed with PTSD following severe trauma. Imagine my surprise when I found that in the general […]


3 Mindsets for PTSD Recovery

Recovery from PTSD is a challenging endeavor, one that is often filled with both fear and a sense of hope. The extent and success of recovery depends on the mindset of the survivor. There are 3 distinct mindsets: – victim – survivor – thriver The terms “victim” and “survivor” are often used interchangeably by the […]