Fireworks and Flashbacks

Fireworks and Flashbacks

All over the United States, people are gearing up for an exciting Fourth of July, complete with loud and showy fireworks. But many people with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) dread this national holiday. Many veterans’ hearts sink as they anticipate a holiday...
One Fact a Day

One Fact a Day

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...
One Fact a Day

One Fact a Day

  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,...
One PTSD Fact a Day

One PTSD Fact a Day

June 1 Fact PTSD symptoms fall into 4 categories: Re-experiencing: nightmares, flashbacks, fear Avoidance: isolating and avoiding triggers Arousal and reactivity: insomnia, anger Cognition and mood: memory loss, depression   PTSD survivors fall into 3 categories:...
Dealing with Fear

Dealing with Fear

I overheard my daughter telling her five-year-old, “You’ll be going to kindergarten next year! Isn’t that exciting?” So they talked about how much fun it would be. After about five minutes, my granddaughter said in a very small voice, “But what if I’m scared?” That’s...