A period of thawing out from PTSD’s ice tomb of isolation can occur as we learn how to understand and manage our PTSD. As we crack out of our PTSD-induced Ice Age, we become less frozen in terms of our relationships with our own selves, our various communities, God, and the Creation. Like a Spring thaw it can be a period which allows for the germination of new life. And like a Spring thaw, it can rapidly melt the ice and raise the water over our head. In this sense, the process of thawing out from our PTSD isolation can feel like a two-edged sword.[Continue Reading…]
Recently, 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…]
Having a loved one with PTSD is an exceptionally hard experience. We watch them suffer and we also suffer. Sometimes the PTSD, mixed with alcohol and porn, leads to infidelity and the leading of a double life. What can we understand about this situation? Is there Hope? Is there anything we can do? The following observations apply to my experience with military trauma survivors as well as those who have survived rape or molestation.[Continue Reading…]
Can a person with PTSD love or be loved?
The short answer is “Yes.” The longer answer is also “Yes” and would probably fill a couple of books (and might best be expressed in novels).[Continue Reading…]
I had two encounters with the phrase “Make a Statement!” recently. In both cases it related to buying cars. And, as is often the case with me, I started thinking about the phrase in terms of PTSD and Spirituality.[Continue Reading…]
PTSD often induces a fair amount of thrill seeking. Why is that? Could creativity, non-verbal arts as well as writing, help us find meaning, validation, and survivability at less risk than bungee jumping and thrill seeking? To this end, I was asked a valuable question, which I then turned into this post:
“DR. Z. What would your response be to someone that has suffered being in a war for years or abused for years and, still has a rush or thrill to do something on the edge. [Continue Reading…]
Jesus of Nazareth was humiliated, tortured, and ostracized. For some of us, the passion (suffering) inflicted upon Jesus is not so unlike what many of us have experienced in terms of our own traumas and subsequent PTSD soul wound. If so, is there hope for us?[Continue Reading…]
The other day I had a successful, productive day: I worked for about 25 minutes. They were good minutes, each one, well employed. In my past, working for “only” 25 minutes would be an embarrassment. These days, I can honestly ask and assess if I’ve been true to myself and to my abilities.[Continue Reading…]
Is a person with PTSD “morally deficient” if they self-medicate with PTSD-coping behaviors in order to protect others?[Continue Reading…]
Why do PTSD-sufferers sometimes refuse to admit they have PTSD? Some trauma survivors will deny they have PTSD. Their PTSD-coping behaviors damage themselves and their most important relationships, but they refuse the possibility of PTSD even though they have survived trauma. At times, someone who earlier recognized they may have PTSD may later deny it. What gives here? What follows is not so much an essay as quick thoughts written during my latest round of insomnia.[Continue Reading…]