PTSD Spirituality: Trust, Dickweeds, and Vampires

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PTSD will endeavor to make us refuse human contact. It wants us to be isolated from healthy relationships. It wants us to disintegrate as social and spiritual beings. As bad as that is, PTSD-survivors can be pushed into further isolation due to issues with trust, or encounters with dickweeds and/or vampires (And, yes, I used the word “trust” in a sentence).[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: 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: 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: Thoughts on the PTSD-Identity

PTSD attempts to overrun our identity, it can damage our souls.  It is almost as if our own identity is a computer hard drive and the PTSD attempts to overwrite it; as if it inserts new code and instructions.  It’s as if the PTSD tries to erase our initial identity.  This new operating code damages our ability and acceptance of committed love, compassion, and our former appreciation of healthy relationships and behaviors.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD and the Dynamics of Shame & Grace

PTSD creates shame in those who are afflicted with this terrible soul wound.  Even when we have nothing to be ashamed about, PTSD seeks to make us feel and act ashamed. These unnecessary feelings of shame are part of PTSD’s ploy to further cripple us and kill us. (Let me thank Rev. Beth at the Bady Partnership for her timely reflection on PTSD-Shame.  Seems we have both been thinking about this topic.) [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: What If My PTSD Healing Prayer Is Not Answered?

Does God inflict us with suffering?  Do we deserve our PTSD?  If we pray for healing and we are not healed, has God abandoned us?  Does it mean God does not exist?  Let’s begin an examination on prayer for PTSD healing.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Finding Redemption in Our Stories and Our Art

I read a powerful essay by a Marine Corps Captain who reflected on his service in Afghanistan. CPT Timothy Kudo notes the apparent disconnect most Americans have between what happens in the States and what our military must contend with in Afghanistan.  While his observations are certainly true concerning how “normal Americans” (whoever they are) can’t grasp [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD, Trust, and Worst Case Scenarios

Our PTSD Triggers can not only initiate our PTSD symptoms, they can also create new stresses and anxieties that are not directly tied to the initial PTSD-producing traumas.  We may begin to unduly focus on “worst-case scenarios” due to the harm we have received to our PTSD-damaged sense of trust and safety.  While we must keep alert to the fact that not all anxieties and stresses in our lives our signs of PTSD, we should also be aware that PTSD has a “Mission Creep” all of its own.  This “Mission Creep” can [Continue Reading…]