Posts tagged 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 […]


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 […]