Category: Ideas

PTSD Casts Shadow on Memorial Day Celebrations

(Chosen as Editor’s Pick on CP Blogs 2016) 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 […]

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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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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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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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What Is It with Healthy Choices?!

  Thankfully it is safely past New Year’s resolutions!  Once again I managed to squeeze by under the radar without committing to something torturous. However, even though the formal guilt trip is past, the day to day inner naggings still resound. Of course I want to be healthy.  But can’t I just take a pill […]

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SUPPORTING THOSE AFFECTED BY PTSD An Interview by Jericha Kingston

  Have you ever wondered how to help suffering individuals? Today, we discuss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and discover how to support survivors of traumatic events. I’m honored to welcome author Welby O’Brien to the Quid Pro Quills. Welby is crazy about her veteran husband, who battles PTSD. She founded the spouse/family support network Love Our […]

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Is PTSD Curable?

We all wish we had a definitive answer to this age old question! And as the great debate continues, millions –  along with their loved ones –  struggle with the relentless battles of Post-Traumatic Stress. Is there hope or not? A brave young veteran recently shared with me that SHE herself has it from Iraq, […]

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My Vet Refuses to Get Help

I heard recently that over 50% of our veterans with PTSD are NOT getting help! Sometimes it takes months, years and even decades for our vets (or other loved ones) to realize they have PTSD. Many times it is the loved ones around them who see it so clearly day after day, and hopefully eventually […]

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Seasonal Stress and PTSD: 7 Tips to Help You Through

  Just the mention of the holidays and winter can send chills up our spines. Along with guilt because this should be the most wonderful time of the year… or so they say. Unfortunately, those who deal with the relentless demands of PTSD are especially vulnerable this time of year. Stormy weather, darkness, cold, threatening […]

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