PTSD Spirituality: PTSD, Statements and Exclamation Points

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 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 Second Goal is to Isolate You

In an attempt to reduce vulnerability to triggers, the trauma survivor may isolate themselves from outside stimuli and also from other people, including family and friends.  One of PTSD’s motives for this isolation comes from the disruption of trust.  The PTSD-Identity wants us to abandon trust and embrace isolation.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Thoughts on the PTSD-Identity

PTSD attempts to overrun our identity, it can damage our souls.  It is almost as if our own identity is a computer hard drive and the PTSD attempts to overwrite it; as if it inserts new code and instructions.  It’s as if the PTSD tries to erase our initial identity.  This new operating code damages our ability and acceptance of committed love, compassion, and our former appreciation of healthy relationships and behaviors.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Is PTSD An Excuse For Bad Behaviors Like Porn Addiction?

PTSD can affect our identity and our behaviors.  Unchecked, PTSD will make us more selfish, uncaring, and discompassionate (is that a word?).  It can also make us feel a bit paranoid, persecuted, and misunderstood; thus, we often damage our relationships.  Are we responsible for the harm caused by our PTSD behavior?  Do we get a “free pass” on the ethical frontier because we have the PTSD soul wound?  [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…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD and the Dynamics of Shame & Grace

PTSD creates shame in those who are afflicted with this terrible soul wound.  Even when we have nothing to be ashamed about, PTSD seeks to make us feel and act ashamed. These unnecessary feelings of shame are part of PTSD’s ploy to further cripple us and kill us. (Let me thank Rev. Beth at the Bady Partnership for her timely reflection on PTSD-Shame.  Seems we have both been thinking about this topic.) [Continue Reading…]