Why? Because the holidays … holi-daze … emphasis on “daze,“ are upon us again! We are back in what I call the “18% PTSD Danger Zone” that stems from around Veterans Day through Epiphany next January. It is a time period when PTSD triggers are gruesomely prevalent and we are at even greater risk of alienation, isolation, and self-harm.[Continue Reading…]
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…]
In spite of more coverage, and one would then hope, more understanding, there are still stigmas that goes with PTSD. We are often harshly judged and criticized for the basic fact that we are human enough to have been wounded by traumatic events.
The drive-by caring crowd often pulls their vampiric ghoul number on us. They attempt to splash around in the malarial swamps of both our past traumatic experiences and our ongoing present suffering from PTSD and other wounds.[Continue Reading…]
PTSD wants to give us an involuntary heart transplant.
It wants to replace a warm, beating, heart with a cold as ice, mechanical, heart. It wants to change out a heart that is loving, warm, and willing to be vulnerable, with a clockwork machine, which is indifferent to itself and others, and is so scared it refuses to risk opening up to others.[Continue Reading…]
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris can aggravate the PTSD of people who do not even live in France. For those who live with PTSD, the Paris attacks send out ripples of traumatic triggers which can catalyze a fresh onset of PTSD driven behaviors. Not everyone with PTSD will react in the same way. But PTSD will usually try to push us into one extreme or another.[Continue Reading…]
“How and why should we believe there is hope?”
There are many possible responses to this question. And, I myself have asked this same question (more times than I care to really admit), especially as it has to do with my decisions to not commit suicide.[Continue Reading…]
If you feel your life has no value and there is no hope. Please do not kill yourself.
It’s been an age since I have posted anything here at the PTSD Spirituality website. Mostly, it has been due to illness; the “Usual Suspects” of chronic pain, PTSD issues, mobility problems, and the mocking exhaustion from having nothing left to offer after teaching a class or going grocery shopping (hard to believe I once ran cross country). Added to those guys is a persistent, nagging, feeling of hubris, of unworthiness, of not really having much to say that counts in the big picture.[Continue Reading…]
Can a person with PTSD love or be loved?
The short answer is “Yes.” The longer answer is also “Yes” and would probably fill a couple of books (and might best be expressed in novels).[Continue Reading…]
I had two encounters with the phrase “Make a Statement!” recently. In both cases it related to buying cars. And, as is often the case with me, I started thinking about the phrase in terms of PTSD and Spirituality.[Continue Reading…]