SMART baby steps

PTSD is a monster to live with.  My attempts to remove it from my life is less than what I would like it to be.  I learned the hard way trying to eradicate it from my life in all one go is not going to happen right now.  I set myself up to fail setting…

Can’t let go

I had no memories from my childhood.  In a way I let it go but I still had PTSD response with no understanding as to why I reacted this way.  It was difficult in counseling when my counselor asked me about my past.  I chirped, “We went to the park, we went to the zoo.” …

Self evaluation time

This is the time of the year I review my progress.  I made it through Christmas time.  I love the season but tend to plan more than I could ever accomplish.  I lost presents that I bought this summer and had to buy things for my granddaughters. They’ll get the other presents when I find…

Posttraumatic Growth

Hey I found a new term for thriving.  Posttraumatic Growth is a term coined by “psychologists Richard G. Tedeschi and Lawrence G. Calhoun at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the mid-nineties.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_growth  I came across it in this article “How to Suffer Successfully: Post-Traumatic Growth and Nietzschean Resilience” http://wakeup-world.com/2015/12/07/how-to-suffer-successfully-post-traumatic-growth-and-nietzschean-resilience/ Most people do…

Merry Christmas

May today bring peace and joy to your home.  Challenges are all around but this is a beautiful time to make new memories.  I can’t control the memories I have from my past but I can create new memories now.  Create a new tradition.  Eliminate activities that are all stress and no joy.  Simplify.  Sit…

Communicating TBI and PTSD

Early in my counseling I learned that TBI and PTSD have many similarities.  They also have plenty of differences.  PTSD Break the Silence is a page on Facebook.  If you have Facebook, I recommend adding this page to your resources. PTSD Break The Silence Tips for Communicating with People with TBI (Note: Many people who…

Service helps healing

I have too much to do.  I’m not coping I can’t handle one more thing.  NOW you recommend that I give service? So went my counseling session so many years ago.  However, I already knew the answer. I developed 7 simple changes to start taking back my life years before I started counseling.  Service was…