Fun Fireworks

For many with PTSD Fireworks are a nightmare come to life again.  July 4 is a night to endure.  Fortunately, fireworks is not one of my triggers.  I take out my hearing aides and I can barely hear them.  If you hate all things fireworks….skip the rest of this post.  For those that would like…

Counselors

I talk often about counseling, for a reason.  I had an amazing counselor that from the beginning of our work explained that his job was to work himself out of a job.  His goal was to teach me the skills I needed to live so I didn’t need a counselor to tell me what to…

Who do you remember?

Cowboys-4-Christ ~ Something to Ponder About…… Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor or actress.…

Humility

What does humility have to do with PTSD? From Wikipedia I found this bit of information… The term “humility” comes from the Latin word humilitas, a noun related to the adjective humilis, which may be translated as “humble”, but also as “grounded”, “from the earth”, or “low”, since it derives in turns from humus (earth).…

Perspective

Facebook works like email used to, it brings me inspiration and encouragement everyday.  I cheer with family and friends that are making steps forward and mourn with those that are hurting.  I chose pages that lift me up and friends that share pages that lift them up.  Today is a poem that I first saw…

Tips for grounding

Grounding, mindfulness, or being present all are similar methods to help slow down or stop a panic attack.  I found a pictured posted on Facebook that gave quick suggestions.  Of course when I taste something, I always go looking for chocolate.

Cry Alone

PTSD symptoms vary.  One of the ones I didn’t show at first was crying.  Many survivors talk about the flood of tears that just kept coming.  At one point I didn’t think I had any depression because I didn’t cry.  I finally checked out a book from the library about depression and realized I had…