PTSD Spirituality: Understanding & Identifying PTSD Triggers (Part 3)

In Part Three of our series on Understanding and Identifying PTSD Triggers we take on the topics of artifacts (tangible and intangible) that can trigger PTSD symptoms.  Included in this discussion will be the ubiquitous Hummer and the C-130 Hercules.  Calendar based anniversary dates, particular climate and weather types may also contribute to inducing PTSD symptoms in a trauma survivor.  Links to the first two installments on PTSD triggers can be found as follows: Part 1 with its discussion of noises, sounds, and fireworks as PTSD triggers and Part 2 with its discussion of smells and odors.  Today’s PTSD Spirituality Blog installment on the trigger aspect of the soul wound of PTSD continues below: [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: The Causes of PTSD

What are the types of trauma which can cause PTSD?

As you know, PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Medical and psychological experts have learned that PTSD can cause changes in the brain.  As a Catholic theologian I know trauma can also affect our souls.  So I think of PTSD as Post Terror Soul Disorder.  But what are the types of trauma that can initiate the wounding of our souls by PTSD?  There are four of them.  One wants to remember that [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Crippled Marine Denied Full VA Compensation

United States Marine Josef Lopez survived a coma, suffers from neurological damage, has mobility problems, and continues to live through other horrible conditions daily.  It is the everyday, never ending, price of his military service.  The Veterans Administration (VA) remains busy denying a significant portion of his health compensation claims.  Why is the VA spending its limited resources on denying this Marine full care?  [Continue Reading…]