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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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What's the Best Treatment for Symptoms of PTSD?

What's the Best Treatment for Symptoms of PTSD?

“What’s the best treatment for symptoms of PTSD?”, I get asked that question a lot. There was a time I wondered the answer too, for myself. I had my diagnosis, and then what? I couldn’t find any definitive approach to recovery.

By the time I had completed my recovery I understood why…

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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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How To Explain Trauma To People Who Don't Get It

How To Explain Trauma To People Who Don't Get It

So many times I’ve heard civilians say, “You mean, major trauma that leads to PTSD happens outside of the military?” The answer, of course, is a big, resounding, YES! The problem is that we don’t have enough sources demystifying trauma and PTSD so that it’s easy to see where it comes from and how it happens. (Finding Meaning in Trauma and PTSD)

Have you ever heard about someone else’s awful traumatic experience and thought that yours was inconsequential, or less awful? All too often we look at the experience of others and judge our own experiences against them. But that’s fundamentally wrong. Just because your trauma may not, on the surface, appear “as bad” as someone else’s doesn’t mean it’s any less traumatic or has less adverse effects.

Adding to this kind of thinking is the opinion of other people. Whether you’re in a competitive support group where members try to outdo each other with horror stories, or you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand what trauma is, it’s easy to feel devalued and invalidated by the comments of the world outside.

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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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