Don’t Make Waves

Years ago I heard a joke that typifies how I used to respond to most situations. I had a dream that I died and went to the bad place…..I was given a choice of 3 different doors like Let’s Make a Deal. Behind door number one there was screeching and screaming.  I shook my head.…

Thank you Readers

It is official as of this morning, I now have over 200 followers.  I want to thank you for reading, caring, sharing, and replying to my posts.  This is an awesome undertaking and your encouragement and kind comments keep me going.  (Unkind comments are deleted, just so you know.)  PTSD is ever present but I…

Prepare for Fireworks

If you live in the United States, July 4th is a fireworks holiday.  How can a person with PTSD prepare for the day? Accept that the sound of fireworks is triggering.  If possible, go to a place where fireworks are not allowed. Other coping ideas: Ear plugs, stay in doors, head phones that can block…

Decisions decisions

I felt like a complete dweeb when I started college.  My parents made all my major decisions for me including what to study in college, where I went to college, and basically what I wore to college.  Yup, I was controlled that completely.  Teenagers don’t magically turn into decision making adults without making their own…

Hermits and trust

I threatened my counselor that I would become a hermit.  It was easier in my mind than dealing with all the scary people around me all the time.  Wanting to be a hermit was tied to my not trusting people.  What to do? What to do? 6. “I’m basically a hermit. My home is my…