Hyper-vigilance

There are advantages to hyper-vigilance. Often in the list of negative symptoms for PTSD and other trauma survivor responses is hyper-vigilance or sometimes called hyper-awareness.  You walk into a room and know where all the doors for escape are located.  You count the number of people in the room.  You assess the tension level in…

Over spill

I have a lot of respect for the military.  I appreciate what I’ve read written for them.  It gave me a starting point and a feeling of support.  I also used several ideas from the articles I read.  PTSD Break the Silence is one of the Facebook pages I follow.  Their perspective is from the…

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I was only 5 years old when he gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech.  I grew up hearing about him and hearing criticism of him.  I was older by the time I started really paying attention to the raging debates.  I believe the thing I admire most is his willingness to stand up…

Is my story worth telling?

Early in our marriage my husband and I moved around to other parts of the country.  Leaving family, friends and jobs behind.  We tried different places and different occupations and raised a family.  In the process of moving, I discovered most people really don’t want to know all that much about you.  You can become…

Hazards of telling my story

Telling my story was essential to turning my life around and healing the hurt in my soul.  As I started to remember and piece together my past my counselor gave me several cautions.  I will share with you what I learned. 1.  The mind does not remember events in a nice, neat orderly chain of…

Going back to move forward

From reading the many meme’s wishing they could forget, people seem to believe that forgetting is the key to moving forward.  Interestingly, I had to go back and remember for me to go forward.  I needed to know what happened so I could understand my reaction and behavior today.  I needed to process past hurts…