PTSD Spirituality: Funding for the Film “Trauma”

I received a request from Steven Kelleher to spread the word about the film “Trauma.” His query is reproduced further below and is worth your time. I also lifted the following paragraph from the film’s website:

“A US Medevac unit rescues wounded soldiers and civilians, swooping into battlefields in war-torn Afghanistan and ferrying the critically injured back to awaiting Forward Surgical Teams. They work fast and they save lives. Arriving home after each tour, their struggle becomes reconciling the persistent memory of war with that of everyday life in America.”[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Another Memorial Day … Damn

Fair Warning: This is not a “Patriotic” essay.Dragon Grapihte 2

Memorial Day: We’ll get our share of drive-by caring and plastic patriotism. In some areas we will have to endure fireworks. And, we will have to deal with the specter of those afflicted with Compassion Deficit Disorder (CDD) … nothing quite like being blamed for having PTSD, sensitivity to triggers, and living in a fear-state, just because we “couldn’t hack it” or because we are “cowards.” The news media, practicing a predictable “calendar journalism,” will show a brief uptick of interest in those with military service.[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: Michael Orban’s Dedication to PTSD Education

Not all of our readers are familiar with the valuable contributions of Michael Orban, a Vietnam veteran, who provides authentic, meaningful education on PTSD.   I was recently asked to write about my experience with Mike and his devotion to helping veterans heal from PTSD.  I was happy to do so.  While my written response begins after the click-though, you can also click directly to Michael Orban’s PTSD website for additional information.[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: 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: 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: Discipleship and Hindrances to PTSD Healing

Today I was interested to find out that someone considers me to not be a Christian and that the PTSD Spirituality website should be used with “discernment.”  I agree that any website, or any other medium of communication, should be used with “discernment,” including this website.  I, however, was a bit puzzled at being characterized as a non-Christian.  Pondering that judgment on my Christian authenticity brought to mind one of the areas I cover when teaching about healing the PTSD soul wound, it is called the “Axis of Hindrance.”[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Sick of PTSD, But Our Lives Still Have Value

I’ve been physically sick again.  Flu and PTSD memories make a lousy combination.  I’ve been busy trying to write down more of my own personal PTSD experiences.  I’ve been writing partly for the VA and partly for my children.  The VA has their purposes.  The writing of my personal trauma legacy for my kids, who[Continue Reading…]