DMS-5

I am sharing an article I found about the DSM-5.  Why is it important?  Because this is the criteria that insurance companies and other institutions recognize as a way to diagnosis PTSD.  The page indicates their willingness to share.  If I misunderstood their web site, I’ll remove the article and leave only the link.  My…

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

I learned this from David Rutherford team Froglogic: http://www.teamfroglogic.com/ I decided to do a bit of a search to find out what others thought of this quote. The best answer Yahoo came up with was  “since you survived yesterday and yesterday is over with….that is the easy day.” https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=A0LEVvOCwaZV7EUAquYnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTE0dTNjYXM4BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM2BHZ0aWQDRkZYVUkzNV8xBHNlYwNzcg–?qid=20100311192257AA2OCIz&p=the%20only%20easy%20day%20was%20yesterday This is the answer that resonated…

PTSD on Facebook

I encountered several PTSD pages on Facebook.  This is one of them: Some notes to add, it takes only 10% increase in oxygen for hyperventilation to kick in.  Things like dizziness, tingling in the fingers, passing out to name a few.  If you don’t have a paper bag breathing into your cupped hands can create…

The Abyss

I’m sharing different coping tools I added to my toolbox when fighting PTSD.  I hope that they help someone else, too.  Every once in awhile I need to be reminded as to why I do this.  What motivates me to keep working on sharing these ideas?  What is the driving force behind hours of reading…

Mindfulness

Wow.  Mindfulness is what I would call a MEGA tool.  It helps people with all sorts of issues not just PTSD.  A lot is written about it.  All 3 of my counselors talked about using mindfulness, being present, counting breathes, and several other references.  This to me is like hitting the pause button when you…

Small Triumphs

Small triumphs reinforce using PTSD symptoms.  So what do I mean by that? Last night I flew to see my daughter.  Flying causes me a lot of anxiety because I have to pay attention to someone else’s schedule and not miss my flight when they have delays, lay overs, and other traps for a time…

Hyper-Focus

Hyper-focus is one of the symptoms of PTSD for some people.  This is the ability to devout 100% of your attention on one thing.  It is considered a negative thing because a person may block out the rest of the world so completely they don’t notice their house is on fire.  So why would I…

Freedom

Happy July 4th to the United States Declaration of Independence Day.  I grew up with July 4th meaning fireworks.  When I was a kid, I hated them.  The noise was so loud.  Now, I take out my hearing aids I can barely hear them.  Nicely muffled for my viewing experience.  For me, it was another…