I am reading more and more information on PTSD. I am trying to share more than just my perspective. I am also looking for other links to share and give people a wider base of information. I am discouraged when I come across those that portray PTSD the end of all living and hopelessly stuck. I am equally dismayed when they are searching for a one-size-fits-all solution. In my opinion, one size fits one. This is why I try to share different things that I have tried. Some work for me, some don’t. There are some general things that help but each person is their own mix of past and what they bring to the table to help solve serious challenges. I am upset by the articles that write about how trauma changes my brain permanently so it is not my fault but in the same paragraph imply that there is nothing I can do about it. I have done plenty about how I cope with PTSD. I am thankful that I had a counselor that presented me with a challenge to get healthy. He didn’t sugar coat it. He told me it was tough. He warned me to expect to hurt during the process. He cautioned me that once I started moving forward I couldn’t go back to the ‘nothing state’ I was in. ‘Nothing state’ defined by me is that twilight of not quite living but not dead either, numb, disconnected, lost within myself. With a lot of work, I progressed to a much more involved way of living. I have seen healing work in my life. PTSD is a tough challenge. I believe I am becoming the person I always wanted to be. I am delighted when I come across writers that are upbeat, encouraging, and willing to make suggestions that make a difference in my life. Most important of all “Never, never, never give up.” Sir Winston Churchill.
Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941, Harrow School
British politician (1874 – 1965)