PTSD Spirituality: Unrelated Triggers, Booze, and Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs and Corn on the Cob

Hot Dogs and Corn on the Cob

One of the many “joys” of having PTSD is that we can get triggered by events and situations which have nothing to do with our initial traumas. Depending on levels of stress one can be more susceptible to activation of their PTSD symptoms and behaviors. Such has been my life of late. O’ Joy, O’ Bliss! Lucky Me![Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Until Twilight’s Last Gleaming

The Independence Day weekend is now behind us (Thank God, literally).   Fireworks often serve as PTSD triggers for those who have survived various forms of trauma.  This is true for [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Holidays and the 18% PTSD Danger Zone

Holidays and family get-togethers can often be PTSD triggers.  We notice two broad categories of triggers.  On the one hand, PTSD Triggers can be uniquely individual, based on the trauma that caused the PTSD to begin with.  On the other hand, there is the PTSD danger zone that occupies 18% of each year.  This zone seems to apply to most people with PTSD, regardless of how they were actually afflicted with PTSD.  That danger zone extends from [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: One Thing Led To Another

Yesterday morning at around 1130 I had to remember some of my memories from when I was in the service.  Suffice that there were some good reasons that I had to do this.  In the space of 2 to 3 minutes I went from being articulate and able to hold a conversation to being confused, stuttering, and having troubles with my memory.  This led to numbness in my limbs, headache, the shakes, fear, and a prolonged weeping, crying jag.  Then it got worse.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Alcohol and PTSD Triggers

I was recently asked if alcohol is a PTSD trigger.  I wanted to provide a brief (for me) response: The answer is “Mostly Yes.”  Why? Because alcohol will [Continue Reading…]

PTSD: Spirituality: Can PTSD Force Me To Fully Deny God?

PTSD wants you to give up on God.  It tells you you will never have peace. That way you will also give up on yourself and others.  Many succumb to the PTSD-Identity and may deny God or think that they are unworthy of God.  What if I don’t want to be in relationship with God?

 Can I become so disappointed in God, in life, in others, and my own actions as to deny the possibility of ever being in God’s Presence again, ever being at Peace again? [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD Despair Destroys Self-Worth

The goal of the PTSD-Identity is to destroy any hope I have of peace.  While PTSD wounds my own soul, it also strives to damage the peace of those around me so they will give up on me, reject me, and just let me go into isolation and die.  The PTSD-Identity can manifest some very ugly behaviors and try to convince people to abandon me.  To love someone with PTSD takes a special, exponential, love.  PTSD wants me to despair and give up on myself.

 In an earlier essay, Can I Have PTSD and Ever Be at Peace?, we discussed that peace is more than just the lack of physical violence.  Indeed, peace is a series of properly ordered relationships (Self, God, Communities, and the Creation).  In this post, the PTSD Spirituality blog will discuss how important it is to be at peace with myself.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD Anger Cycle Can Disable and Dehumanize Us

In this essay we will examine how anger disables us from being fully human, how anger is a normal part of PTSD, and some ideas about managing anger.  Additionally, we will offer some thoughts about breaking out of the Anger Cycle.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spiritualilty: Help for PTSD Nightmares with Blood Pressure Drug (Prazosin)

While my expertise is primarily on the level of theology and how PTSD trauma causes soul wounds, the PTSD Spirituality Blog is also interested in standard medical treatments for PTSD symptoms.  Today’s online Washington Post has an article about prazosin, a blood pressure drug, that also appears to alleviate PTSD related nightmares.   Nightmares are corrosive to our well-being, both our physical health and our spiritual health.  If I am not sleeping well, my performance and abilites in all areas will suffer; indeed, it can make you suicidal.  [Continue Reading…]