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: 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: Strokes and PTSD

Researchers are discovering a connection between surviving a stroke and developing PTSD. In the link below, Barbara Bronson Gray, writing for the online U.S. News & World Report, reports that stroke survivors have a 25% chance of contracting PTSD.  Gray’s article is especially valuable for several reasons.  First, it provides [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Easter, Co-Wounded with Jesus

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…]

PTSD Spirituality: Not Morally Deficient, We’re Protective

Is a person with PTSD “morally deficient” if they self-medicate with PTSD-coping behaviors in order to protect others?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Why Deny the Possibility of PTSD?

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…]

PTSD Spirituality: Resolutions, Staying Realistic

The previous PTSD Spirituality essay dealt with the benefits and risks of making resolutions. For those of us who carry the PTSD soul wound, we need to maximize opportunities of healing and minimize the potential pitfalls that often try to take root within us. These parameters apply in our day to day outlook as well as in any pre-planned life changes (resolutions) we may be contemplating.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Resisting the Holiday PTSD Triggers

Here we are at another round of Holidays and still grappling with PTSD.  It feels more as if we are in Holly-Daze from around the time of Thanksgiving through the first week of New Years.  Ironically, just when we are supposed to be love-dovey, patient, kind, giving (forgiving?), and embrace a higher level of compassion we get zapped with heightened PTSD triggers.[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…]