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: Anger Mistakes, Sanctification, Future Choice

PTSD wants to wound us and render us feral. It wants us to despair in our wounds: physical, mental, and spiritual. It wants us to never realize we are on a sanctification journey, that we can still receive divine grace. PTSD wants us angry and letting lose with our anger. Having wounded others or maybe just belittling ourselves, it wants us to believe we can never be forgiven.[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: Two Final Points on the PTSD-Identity’s Toxic Goals

We have examined the three toxic goals of the PTSD-Identity (links to each separate essay are included further down).  As we finish that topic off (for now) we still need to ask about the sequencing of these three life-destroying goals.  Additionally, can we use this information to pursue healing and not only use it too quantify damage?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD’s Third Goal is Physical Harm

If PTSD has achieved its first two goals, then it will shift to concentrate on its third and final goal.  This final goal seeks physical harm and destruction of the person who suffers from PTSD.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: The First Goal of the PTSD-Identity

PTSD endeavors to ravage us in multiple ways.  While there are a variety of ways it can damage us, there tend to be three things the PTSD-Identity strives to do on the spiritual level.  PTSD has three goals: goals that are so toxic that they have the potential to destroy us.  These three goals are so poisonous that not only do they harm the particular trauma survivor, but they also seek to harm those who care about them.  And, the more we love and care about the trauma survivor, the more likely we are to get splashed by the PTSD-Identity’s three toxic goals.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Overcoming Fear and Vulnerability in PTSD

PTSD can create its own cycle of perpetual fear.  We are often terrorized initially by a traumatic experience and the subsequent realizations of fear.  PTSD ingests the traumatic event itself and then catalyzes the normal fear that comes from trauma and creates more trauma with it.  This can then spiral into negative PTSD coping behaviors which then splatter us and our loved ones with new trauma and new fears.  Ultimately, unchecked PTSD destroys [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD, Teasing, and Sexual Harassment

Harassment can inflict the PTSD soul wound. Bullying and harassment can severely damage our identity, our souls. While we often think of military combat as the cause of PTSD, we can receive PTSD in several other ways. These forms of attack will damage us beyond the physical. American culture is slowly becoming more aware that bullying, teasing, and harassment can leave emotional scars and even lead to death. At times what may start as[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Recognizing the Guilt and Trauma Can Help Us Heal

This essay is the full comment I left on the Passive Guy’s website regarding the NPR piece on Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” a collection of memoirs and short fiction about service in Vietnam. I recognise that PG may need to edit it for length or not use it if it seems too off-topic. I was taken aback by some of the comments people left on PG’s website and felt a response was necessary and perhaps helpful.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Art and Writing for PTSD Healing and Exploration

Embracing the arts is a way to improve our lives and avoid the PTSD-inspired act of suicide.  Frankly, if I had not invested myself into writing and the arts, my PTSD would have killed me long before I ever thought of creating this website.  Learning to play classical guitar, writing, painting, and other arts saved my life.  I can say [Continue Reading…]