PTSD Spirituality: Isolation and Grace (Preliminary Thoughts)

PTSD is insidious in its effort to make us think we are alone in our suffering.  It is true that we are often neglected in this suffering by others, but we are never the only ones who are suffering.  Even in a locked room, or some sort of solitary confinement, we are never alone as the Community of God is with us.  If we are unaware of this, or fall into the interrogator’s snare that says we are alone and that no one knows or cares about our suffering, then the PTSD can harm us even more than usual. [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD Despair Destroys Self-Worth

The goal of the PTSD-Identity is to destroy any hope I have of peace.  While PTSD wounds my own soul, it also strives to damage the peace of those around me so they will give up on me, reject me, and just let me go into isolation and die.  The PTSD-Identity can manifest some very ugly behaviors and try to convince people to abandon me.  To love someone with PTSD takes a special, exponential, love.  PTSD wants me to despair and give up on myself.

 In an earlier essay, Can I Have PTSD and Ever Be at Peace?, we discussed that peace is more than just the lack of physical violence.  Indeed, peace is a series of properly ordered relationships (Self, God, Communities, and the Creation).  In this post, the PTSD Spirituality blog will discuss how important it is to be at peace with myself.[Continue Reading…]

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…]