Category: Connecting with others

Navigating Around the PTSD STARTLE RESPONSE

Ever feel like you can’t move, talk, come home, wake them, or enter a room without triggering your PTSD survivor? Welcome to the world of PTSD! Unfortunately, there is no magic solution that will erase the original trauma or eradicate the ensuing perpetual survival mode. Originally a life-saving defense mechanism, the involuntary exaggerated startle response […]

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Memorial Day: Picnic or Nightmare for Veterans?

More than just another day off and the segue into summer, Memorial Day and other patriotic holidays are a time for reflecting, supporting and giving thanks for the sacrifices our heroes have made for us. However, what looks like a three-day-long weekend of fun, parties and picnics to some, looks like a nightmare to others. […]

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Trauma Anniversaries – OUCH!

Life with PTSD is full of ups and downs.  A roller coaster ride that embarks or halts at a moment’s notice. Some days are so pleasant we forget there is such a thing as PTSD. Memories of war seem deceptively in the past. And for those who have suffered non-military trauma, they too are vulnerable […]

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PTSD: Can You “Just Get Over It”???

“You have WHAT?!  How soon before you are back to normal?” In our modern age of quick fixes, high tech, and a plethora of pharmaceuticals, people not only don’t understand Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they are often uncomfortable with it and just want others to get over it. But is it curable? We all wish we had a […]

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10 Things People with PTSD & Their Loved Ones Need (From Church People and Ministry Leaders)

  Would it shock you to discover that someone at church is having flashbacks of blasts in Iraq during a worship song? Does it sadden you that people stay away- crippled by rage or fear – feeling utterly abandoned by God?  Would you be stunned to get a call from someone who is ready to […]

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PTSD: 3 Questions Loved Ones Ask

PTSD is rampant, and inevitably almost every counselor, therapist, ministry leader or anyone may at some point be sought out for help and support by a loved one of someone struggling with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  The needs and cries of the spouses, family members and all other loved ones are intense and unique, and unfortunately too often overlooked. […]

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Fourth of July: Party Time or Sacrifice?

Independence Day and other patriotic holidays are a blast! Party time! For many. But for others, this “blast” propels them right back into the heat of battle. Physically and emotionally. How ironic and gut-wrenching that the very warriors who sacrificed so we could celebrate our freedom are the ones who may suffer most on this […]

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PTSD Awareness & Resources: What is Missing?

The month of June is dedicated to PTSD Awareness.  Thankfully for the first time in our history, there is an abundance of information about PTSD and help for those who struggle with it (which just in the U.S. alone is millions!).  So why then are so many – including all their loved ones around them […]

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“It’s A Wonder Any of Us Came Back!”

  Surrounded by over 600 honored veterans in one room, I overheard one of them say, “It’s a wonder any of us came back!”  My husband and I spent the week at a national military reunion for his division. Shook us both up. Big time. For many of the veterans it was a week of […]

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