PTSD Spirituality: You Are Not Weak, You Are Wounded and Strong

Raptors Like FlowersRecently, those of us with PTSD were further stigmatized by being labeled as weak by a major party presidential candidate. He stated that military personnel who are not strong enough have gotten PTSD. This is a false statement, probably based on ignorance and not malice.

If you have PTSD, you are not weak. You have plenty of strength, plenty of character. It is not a case of not being strong enough. We have been wounded both physically and spiritually. Trauma wounds our brains and it wounds our souls.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Funding for the Film “Trauma”

I received a request from Steven Kelleher to spread the word about the film “Trauma.” His query is reproduced further below and is worth your time. I also lifted the following paragraph from the film’s website:

“A US Medevac unit rescues wounded soldiers and civilians, swooping into battlefields in war-torn Afghanistan and ferrying the critically injured back to awaiting Forward Surgical Teams. They work fast and they save lives. Arriving home after each tour, their struggle becomes reconciling the persistent memory of war with that of everyday life in America.”[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Strokes and PTSD

Researchers are discovering a connection between surviving a stroke and developing PTSD. In the link below, Barbara Bronson Gray, writing for the online U.S. News & World Report, reports that stroke survivors have a 25% chance of contracting PTSD.  Gray’s article is especially valuable for several reasons.  First, it provides [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Michael Orban’s Dedication to PTSD Education

Not all of our readers are familiar with the valuable contributions of Michael Orban, a Vietnam veteran, who provides authentic, meaningful education on PTSD.   I was recently asked to write about my experience with Mike and his devotion to helping veterans heal from PTSD.  I was happy to do so.  While my written response begins after the click-though, you can also click directly to Michael Orban’s PTSD website for additional information.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Benefits and Risks of Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions usher in potential benefits and risks for those of us with PTSD. On the one hand we can make great strides in our healing and sanctification by living up to well thought-out resolutions. Yet, at the same time, there is the risk of biting off more than we can chew. Depending on how we are in relation to ourselves, if we have low self-worth, the failure to achieve a resolution may result in feeling that we have programmed ourselves for failure.  What are the benefits and risks of New Year’s resolutions for those with the PTSD soul wound?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Can Dogs Get PTSD?

Dogs and other companion animals can be very important in the healing of PTSD’s soul wounds.  Trained dogs and their handlers are often used in law enforcement and in military environments.  They are also engaged in nursing homes, PTSD-recovery, and nursing home environments.  The unconditional love shown by a companion animal can be one of the first steps in learning that[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Discipleship and Hindrances to PTSD Healing

Today I was interested to find out that someone considers me to not be a Christian and that the PTSD Spirituality website should be used with “discernment.”  I agree that any website, or any other medium of communication, should be used with “discernment,” including this website.  I, however, was a bit puzzled at being characterized as a non-Christian.  Pondering that judgment on my Christian authenticity brought to mind one of the areas I cover when teaching about healing the PTSD soul wound, it is called the “Axis of Hindrance.”[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Can PTSD Enhance Empathy, Guilt, Hopelessness?

This PTSD Spirituality essay examines the following question: What if the PTSD allowed your mind to think in esoteric form and heightened empathy to where the weight of the world is on your shoulders and everyone’s pain makes you feel guilty and hopeless all the time?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Big Lie #3: PTSD Victims Asked For It and Deserve It

The third big lie about PTSD is that someone, somehow, chose to contract it.  This view argues that we somehow deserve our PTSD.  Two versions of Big Lie #3 one might hear are as follows:[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: The First Big Lie is PTSD Does Not Exist

There are three big lies out there about PTSD.  The lies help create despair and they make negative, destructive behaviors appear reasonable to those who suffer from PTSD.  These lies are used to deny compassion to people who need it.  They are also used as a way to deny appropriate financial compensation and medical opportunities for PTSD healing.  These three big lies also reinforce the alienation that all PTSD sufferers are subjected to.  By reinforcing the isolation most PTSD sufferers already experience, the PTSD is made worse.  These lies help make sure the PTSD Circle remains Unbroken.[Continue Reading…]