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…]
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris can aggravate the PTSD of people who do not even live in France. For those who live with PTSD, the Paris attacks send out ripples of traumatic triggers which can catalyze a fresh onset of PTSD driven behaviors. Not everyone with PTSD will react in the same way. But PTSD will usually try to push us into one extreme or another.[Continue Reading…]
Why is Christmas hard to live through if you have PTSD?
Holidays can easily exacerbate the symptoms that go with the PTSD Identity. Often our feelings have been numbed and we just can’t experience or enjoy the holidays the way we used to. Our sense of self has been damaged, and thus our relationships with others are also damaged. Those around us usually cannot understand why we are different. And, sometimes, they will make you suffer for it.[Continue Reading…]