PTSD Spirituality: The PTSD Thaw is a Two-Edged Sword

The PTSD That is a Two Edged Sword

The PTSD Thaw is a Two Edged Sword

A period of thawing out from PTSD’s ice tomb of isolation can occur as we learn how to understand and manage our PTSD. As we crack out of our PTSD-induced Ice Age, we become less frozen in terms of our relationships with our own selves, our various communities, God, and the Creation. Like a Spring thaw it can be a period which allows for the germination of new life. And like a Spring thaw, it can rapidly melt the ice and raise the water over our head. In this sense, the process of thawing out from our PTSD isolation can feel like a two-edged sword.[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: Time Management, Productivity, and Grace

The other day I had a successful, productive day: I worked for about 25 minutes. They were good minutes, each one, well employed. In my past, working for “only” 25 minutes would be an embarrassment. These days, I can honestly ask and assess if I’ve been true to myself and to my abilities.[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, Vacant Lots, and Setacks

This third essay on PTSD and resolutions addresses how successful resolutions will provide us with the equivalent of spiritual vacant lots to either improve or hand back to the enemy.  Additionally, some discussion on how to handle setbacks and how to remain accountable will be inflicted on the reader who actually plugs along and reads the whole thing.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Benefits and Risks of Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions usher in potential benefits and risks for those of us with PTSD. On the one hand we can make great strides in our healing and sanctification by living up to well thought-out resolutions. Yet, at the same time, there is the risk of biting off more than we can chew. Depending on how we are in relation to ourselves, if we have low self-worth, the failure to achieve a resolution may result in feeling that we have programmed ourselves for failure.  What are the benefits and risks of New Year’s resolutions for those with the PTSD soul wound?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Can Dogs Get PTSD?

Dogs and other companion animals can be very important in the healing of PTSD’s soul wounds.  Trained dogs and their handlers are often used in law enforcement and in military environments.  They are also engaged in nursing homes, PTSD-recovery, and nursing home environments.  The unconditional love shown by a companion animal can be one of the first steps in learning that[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: 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…]