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Co-Dependence and PTSD Recovery

Co-Dependence and PTSD Recovery

After trauma, there’s a need for life to feel safe and in control. Sometimes, we put in place really good and healthy habits that help the transition from trauma to life afterward. Other times, it’s easy to slip into habits, cycles and patterns that are very destructive. For example, co-dependence. When you put this type of behavior together with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) you can increase the time it takes to heal tenfold.

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PTSD In The Body: The Physical Side of Symptoms

PTSD In The Body: The Physical Side of Symptoms

Back when I was struggling with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) I was also struggling with mercury poisoning, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease and suspected liver cancer. Sounds crazy, right?

How your body expresses the level of psychological stress in your mind is a very real and very treatable situation.

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How To Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want To Be Helped

How To Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want To Be Helped

Dear Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Caregivers,

Most of the time those of us in the PTSD healing community focus on survivors. Today, I’m focusing on you (survivors, share this with the caregivers in your life!) because supporting you helps you better support your survivor.

I know the PTSD journey is tough for you. It’s hard to live and cope with, endure and anticipate PTSD symptoms, plus support someone who at times behaves in a crazy manner. You and your life can get swallowed up in the process and so it makes total sense that you want recovery to happen as quickly as possible.

The truth is, anyone struggling with symptoms of PTSD wants to heal as quickly as possible, but that’s not always an option.

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Social Support Prevents PTSD

Social Support Prevents PTSD

In the world of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) we’re all in the same space together (as survivors), but so often we feel enormously separate, don’t we? PTSD symptoms and the lifestyle they create open a void between you and everyone else.

New research, however, points out how important it can be to have a social support network to prevent PTSD.

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PTSD and Self-Discovery: Climbing Out of the Hole

PTSD and Self-Discovery: Climbing Out of the Hole

For a long time after my trauma I felt sucked into the darkness and despair of grief, loss, fear, anxiety and the frustration of the same question I repeatedly asked myself,

“Who am I now?”

It seemed that trauma and PTSD symptoms had branded me for life and there was no way to:

  1. go back to who I’d been before (I was right about that)
  2. go forward and become someone new (I was wrong about that)

What do we do when we get stuck in that place??

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New PTSD Research Predicts Who Will End Up With PTSD

New PTSD Research Predicts Who Will End Up With PTSD

The theory: If we can develop models that predict the likelihood of a survivor developing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) then we might be able to develop ways to prevent it.

In the ongoing search for answers, new PTSD research delivers interesting findings on who will end up with PTSD and one important cause of PTSD.

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Can Increased Brain Activity Help Heal PTSD?

Can Increased Brain Activity Help Heal PTSD?

Your body and brain’s response to trauma creates your symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, so can your brain’s activity help to heal PTSD?

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Mindsight In PTSD Recovery

Mindsight In PTSD Recovery

One of the biggest problems in my PTSD experience and my recovery from PTSD was how fragmented I was and felt. Do you know what I mean?

It seemed like I had slivers of memories, a shattered sense of self and random sprinkles of what it meant to live a healthy, ‘normal’ life.

Healing PTSD, to me, became finding a way to pull everything back together. It meant re-integrating who I had been with who I had become, with who I wanted to be. (PTSD and Integration: The Path To Healing) Whew, that was a big job! And back then, I didn’t have the benefit of Dr. Daniel Siegel’s input – but you can!

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radical Acceptance

Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radical Acceptance

Radical acceptance means complete and total acceptance of something, accepting reality, and is a key component of Dialetical Behavioral Therapy.

Yesterday, I listened to an interview with Marsha Linehan, the creator of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). If you aren’t hip to the help DBT can offer, you might find some new ideas here.

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Erasing Unwanted PTSD Memories

Erasing Unwanted PTSD Memories

If you’ve survived a trauma you know that your mind records various experiences in images as vivid as a high-end digital camera. When I first started working as a PTSD coach one of my clients came in with a specific request: “I want to erase all of the memories associated with my trauma,” she said.

I understood her desire. All of us who have or do struggle with symptoms of PTSD have those moments when we wish we could just forget. If only we could hit the ‘delete’ button in our minds as easily as we do our pieces of technology!

At the same time, I also believe that we are the sum total of the things we’ve experienced, so what happens if we no longer remember?

Interesting research is coming out that suggests there may be a way to remove the unwanted memories while keeping others intact.

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