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: PTSD, Teasing, and Sexual Harassment

Harassment can inflict the PTSD soul wound. Bullying and harassment can severely damage our identity, our souls. While we often think of military combat as the cause of PTSD, we can receive PTSD in several other ways. These forms of attack will damage us beyond the physical. American culture is slowly becoming more aware that bullying, teasing, and harassment can leave emotional scars and even lead to death. At times what may start as[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Thank You to the “Heal My PTSD” Website

This week PTSD Spirituality is the guest post at Michele Rosenthal’s Heal My PTSD website.  If my website were to ever grow up, it would take some of its design tips from Michele’s site.  She has a wealth of information and materials to help deal with PTSD.  The essay from PTSD Spirituality which appears on the “Heal My PTSD” site is [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Thriving In Spite of PTSD Anger Flashes

Sometimes we have “PTSD Anger Flashes.”  This is when someone says something or something happens that is also one of our PTSD triggers and then we go “Kaw-Wooomph” and respond with anger to the person in question.  The person whom we just responded to may get back into our face and PTSD is delighted that it started a fight and damaged a relationship.  How do we handle these PTSD Anger Flashes?  How might we actually use them to our benefit?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Holidays and the 18% PTSD Danger Zone

Holidays and family get-togethers can often be PTSD triggers.  We notice two broad categories of triggers.  On the one hand, PTSD Triggers can be uniquely individual, based on the trauma that caused the PTSD to begin with.  On the other hand, there is the PTSD danger zone that occupies 18% of each year.  This zone seems to apply to most people with PTSD, regardless of how they were actually afflicted with PTSD.  That danger zone extends from [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Tragedy in Norway and PTSD Triggers

Most readers are aware of the horrible events in Norway: the terror bombing against an elected government and the highly focused attack against children and teens.  The attacks and the aftermath have PTSD repercussions for many of us.  Why is that?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Doused with a Bucket of PTSD Anger

Part of the PTSD-Identity is to be seized by unexpected anger. We have been doing well and then all of a sudden we discover ourselves to be angry.  The suddenness of it can be startling.  We might have been doing fine and then it feels as if someone doused us with a bucket of anger.  PTSD anger can come in waves and we cannot always control when it will hit.

We can, however, influence how much PTSD anger controls us and what we can learn from it.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Understanding & Identifying PTSD Triggers (Part 4)

Techniques to Control and Live Beyond Our PTSD Triggers:  In this final installment on Understanding and Identifying PTSD Triggers we discuss some of the ways to cope with them.[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…]

PTSD Spirituality: Vets, GI Bill Education, and PTSD Triggers

There is a useful article on recent veterans attending Columbia University in today’s online New York Times entitled, “From Battlefield to Ivy League, on the G.I. Bill,” written by Lisa W. Foderaro.  I hope to come back and write more about it.  But, if I don’t, take a minute and read through it.  See how an American veteran, Cameron Baker, ends up at Columbia University.  [Continue Reading…]