Endings and beginnings

One month ends and another begins…it is the last month of the year so it is the beginning of the end.  One of the toughest things about PTSD is fearing change.  PTSD is doable with routines.  Routines for everything.  The slightest shuffle or slightest bump in my schedule can send me for a tail spin. …

Coping Skills

I am working on The PTSD Workbook, 2nd edition, Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS and Soili Poijula, PhD.  In their book, they refer to another book, A Clinical Handbook/Practical Therapist Manual for Assessing and Treating Adults with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (Meichenbaum 1994)  the authors noticed that there are personality traits that influence how much…

Where is your center?

I first heard this question used so long ago I know longer know the source.  However, the question is constantly coming back over and over again. I believe at this time of setting goals I need to decide where is my center?  What is the most important thing to me?  Are my goals heading me…

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…

Milestones

Markers indicating progress.  In years gone by and along the freeways today, markers in one form or another are placed along the roadways to indicate how far you have come.  In the Early Childhood Education class we discuss childhood milestones that people watch for as the child grows.  If a baby walks by the time…

Intentions….

Heard the quote, “The way to Hell is paved with good intentions?” I follow several pages on Facebook concerning PTSD.  I am seeing a disturbing trend that I am apparently coming down on the ‘being judgmental’ side.  These words are usually directed at someone that is trying to be encouraging…..their angry, ‘don’t shame me’ doesn’t…