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: Can Someone with PTSD Love?

Can a person with PTSD love another person? Can a person with PTSD allow themselves to be loved? Can a person with PTSD have healthy and loving relationships? I Love this Guy and He Loves Me!

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PTSD Spirituality: Making Tomorrow Better Than Yesterday

In the last couple of months I’ve learned more about how to live the day that follows after a rotten PTSD-wracked day. Usually, the waves generated by a bad PTSD day will try to flood the following days. Even if we find a “boat” to ride out the waves, sometimes those PTSD waves still splash over the side and soak us. Is there any hope?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD and the Destruction of Dignity

The PTSD-Identity wants to destroy our dignity. As it is busy gnawing at our own self-worth it also seeks to erode the dignity of those we care about and who care about us. Our human dignity is associated with our sense of self. If it can be damaged, then [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…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD’s Third Goal is Physical Harm

If PTSD has achieved its first two goals, then it will shift to concentrate on its third and final goal.  This final goal seeks physical harm and destruction of the person who suffers from PTSD.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD’s Second Goal is to Isolate You

In an attempt to reduce vulnerability to triggers, the trauma survivor may isolate themselves from outside stimuli and also from other people, including family and friends.  One of PTSD’s motives for this isolation comes from the disruption of trust.  The PTSD-Identity wants us to abandon trust and embrace isolation.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: The First Goal of the PTSD-Identity

PTSD endeavors to ravage us in multiple ways.  While there are a variety of ways it can damage us, there tend to be three things the PTSD-Identity strives to do on the spiritual level.  PTSD has three goals: goals that are so toxic that they have the potential to destroy us.  These three goals are so poisonous that not only do they harm the particular trauma survivor, but they also seek to harm those who care about them.  And, the more we love and care about the trauma survivor, the more likely we are to get splashed by the PTSD-Identity’s three toxic goals.[Continue Reading…]