PTSD’s Onset

PTSD’s Onset

Fact 26: PTSD’s Onset Just as PTSD strong-arms its way into people’s lives, it also controls the timeline of its development in traumatized people. For some individuals, the traumatization begins with the tragic event and never stops. After a month, if a person is...
PTSD and C-PTSD

PTSD and C-PTSD

One Fact a Day June 25 Fact PTSD and C-PTSD   In recent years, mental health professionals have identified another type of post-traumatic stress called “Complex PTSD” or “C-PTSD.” While PTSD occurs after a trauma, C-PTSD occurs after chronic or repeated traumas....
Can PTSD Be Cured?

Can PTSD Be Cured?

June 24 Fact Can PTSD Be Cured? This question usually causes great controversy among both professionals and people who have PTSD. No one wants to say PTSD isn’t curable. A better question might be: Can PTSD be controlled? The answer to that question is most often a...
PTSD and the Brain

PTSD and the Brain

Fact 23 PTSD and the Brain Several years ago, my counselor listened to my story. I was clearly in deep distress.  When I finished the heartbreaking tale, he said, “You have PTSD.” That meant nothing to me. I thought Great. If we know what I have, we can fix it. Nope,...
PTSD and Exhaustion

PTSD and Exhaustion

  One Fact a Day – PTSD Awareness Month Fact 22 PTSD and Exhaustion   Tired, out of energy, shot, spent, wasted, worn out. Bleary, bone weary, dog tired, ready to drop. People with PTSD experience all these feelings of exhaustion no matter where they are in recovery,...
PTSD and Hopelessness

PTSD and Hopelessness

Fact 21 PTSD and Hopelessness Can you think of: The last time you experienced joy The last time you made a plan and saw it through How it feels when someone validates you A recent time when you felt confident and comfortable These are normal events and achievements...
Illnesses that Often Accompany PTSD

Illnesses that Often Accompany PTSD

June 20 Fact Illnesses that Often Accompany PTSD   People with PTSD have more than symptoms to deal with. These recovering sufferers must also deal with disorders that often appear with PTSD. These include: -Substance abuse. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling,...
We Don’t Compare Hurts

We Don’t Compare Hurts

June 19 Fact Comparisons When I was in one of my therapy groups, I remember thinking, “Everybody in here has had much worse trauma than I had. I feel like I got off easy compared to them. Maybe I shouldn’t be here.” Just about that time, the group...
Infidelity and PTSD

Infidelity and PTSD

June 18 Fact   Infidelity and PTSD   Can PTSD develop after a person discovers that their significant other has been unfaithful, used pornography, or had an emotional affair? I don’t know about you, but I would answer with an emphatic YES.   Psychiatrists and...
Telling Your Story

Telling Your Story

June 17 Fact Telling your story Telling your story of trauma is a powerful way to get resolution, put the trauma behind you, and move on to a new life. Sounds fairly simple, right? In fact, to many PTSD sufferers, the thought of telling their story is almost as...