PTSD Awareness

June is declared by someone to be PTSD awareness month.  For those living with it, we are aware 24/7, if you unfamiliar with this number combination it means, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  No time off for good behavior.  I sometimes get fairly smug thinking it is gone from my life…

Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the leading and aggravating symptoms of PTSD.  My daughter-in-law posted a link to an awesome article on anxiety.  Not everyone with PTSD experiences anxiety.  Not everyone with anxiety has PTSD.  However, I believe this article can help people understand what she experiences with anxiety.  She did label it with trigger warnings. …

Storms

I learned over 15 years ago that I lived with PTSD since I was 5 years old.  No one recognized the symptoms.  I always acted that way.  The diagnosis gave me a word to research.  Parameters for finding more answers.  Also a community of others that shared an experience almost impossible to describe to someone…

Feeling Stupid

One of the more unpleasant emotions is feeling stupid.  Ever thought of that as an emotion?  It has to do with how you feel and it often motivates a person to quit, give up, hide, or feel inferior.  PTSD arranges many opportunities to feel stupid.  One of the ‘glitches’ of PTSD is a gap in…

Sample Plan

I woke up this morning thinking about sharing a sample plan and some inside thoughts on how I made my decisions.  I don’t want PTSD to rule my life, but pretending it doesn’t affect my life sets me up for failure. Basic questions when creating a Plan for an event. When is the event happening?…

Describe in 3 words

Recently one of the PTSD pages on Facebook offered the opportunity to write 3 words to describe yourself.  Please, keep in mind that I live with PTSD.  I first showed symptoms at age 5.  I battled depression, cancer, and PTSD.  Someone stated that they didn’t think it was fair that they were still battling PTSD…

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.…

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…

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…

Using your story

I am always on the look out for people posting ideas about coping in all its variety.  I lived many years not coping.  I learned from that to do nothing is an excellent way not to cope.  Accepting, coping, and thriving take effort.  Scott Williams writes in a way that makes sense to me.  His…