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How Changing Self-Perception Changes the Stigma Around PTSD

How Changing Self-Perception Changes the Stigma Around PTSD

Many people with PTSD prefer to keep their PTSD and symptoms secret to avoid the stigma around PTSD. This video explains one way to change those perceptions.

Many people with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) keep their PTSD and symptoms secret to avoid the stigma around PTSD. Often, this stigma is created by how others perceive individuals with PTSD. Yet, there is another form of derision at play here — that of self-stigma. Identifying, understanding and correcting our self-stigma can significantly impact how others view us as well.

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How to Appreciate Success, Even When It’s Scary

How to Appreciate Success, Even When It’s Scary

Success is wonderful, but for those of us with posttraumatic stress disorder, it can also be terrifying. Learn how to appreciate success while living with PTSD.

Do you appreciate your successes, or does pausing to appreciate success scare you? Even though success is a very normal aspiration, feeling happy about a success (or feeling happy for any reason) can be scary for trauma survivors. The definition of success varies greatly between individuals and can even change during different stages of the same person’s life. However, for those of us living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the experience of success is sometimes a little extra complicated, even scary. I’m slowly learning to appreciate success in my life with PTSD.

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Finding the Right Level of Self-Care with PTSD

Finding the Right Level of Self-Care with PTSD

Managing self-care with PTSD can be a balancing act between making excuses and doing too much. Here is how the author approaches self-care decisions.

Finding the right level of self-care for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shouldn’t be that hard considering that self-care is a concept I read or hear about daily. The Internet is replete with self-care checklists and ideas for busy parents, overloaded students, and almost every mental health condition ever diagnosed. However, balancing my level of self-care with PTSD becomes lopsided because self-care frequently presents as an activity or item that is considered to be a treat. Manicures, chocolates, long baths, and time to read are common self-care suggestions. Personally, I find self-care to be more complicated, as it is not always about taking it easy on myself. Here is why I balance my indulgence level of self-care with PTSD against challenges.

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Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Elizabeth Brico, author of "Trauma! A PTSD Blog" talks about her experience with PTSD and the role of support and community in recovery.Hi, my name is Elizabeth Brico and I’m the new author of Trauma! A PTSD Blog. You can also call me Betty if you prefer. I’ve been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost a decade. I developed it in response to domestic violence, which occurred when I was a teenager. HealthyPlace has been a long time refuge for me. I’ve enjoyed reading the various blogs and articles, especially those pertaining to PTSD. You can imagine, then, that I’m thrilled to be joining the team as one of the authors of Trauma! A PTSD Blog.

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My PTSD Brain Won’t Be Quiet–Constant Thinking Protected Me

My PTSD Brain Won’t Be Quiet–Constant Thinking Protected Me

PTSD brains protect us in many ways. One way my PTSD brain does that is through constant thinking. Learn why my PTSD brain's way of helping isn't the best way.

My posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) brain keeps me busy to avoid pain. Your PTSD brain could help you avoid pain in a very different way. The diversity found in the coping mechanisms people develop in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to surprise me. In my case, constant thinking was one way my PTSD brain protected me.

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PTSD-Related Avoidance Avoided With This Coping Technique

PTSD-Related Avoidance Avoided With This Coping Technique

You can minimize PTSD-related avoidance by breaking outings into small steps. Learn how this PTSD-related avoidance coping skill can save your vacation. Watch.

I have a bad habit and it’s about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-related avoidance. I make plans with the best of intentions, only to cancel them at the last minute. Does this sound familiar to you? As many times as this has happened, I continue to experience a disconnect between the willingness to participate in an event when I make plans, and the utter desire to avoid leaving my room when it is time to go. However, I have found that breaking outings into steps reduces PTSD-related avoidance.

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My Parent Has PTSD — A Teenager’s Perspective

My Parent Has PTSD — A Teenager’s Perspective

When a parent experiences posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is important to understand the potential impact this can have on the children, including the possibility of secondary-traumatic stress. While children can have negative reactions when a parent suffers from PTSD, they can also thrive and develop unique strengths (A Parent with PTSD Can Affect the Whole Family). Watch as my oldest son offers his unique perspective on growing up when a parent has PTSD. 

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Introduction to Tia Hollowood, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Introduction to Tia Hollowood, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Hi, my name is Tia Hollowood, and I am pleased to be joining the HealthyPlace blogging community as a writer for Trauma! A PTSD Blog. My trauma started early on in life, but now I can say I’m in PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) recovery and I believe that sharing our experiences can help us all (Telling Your Trauma Story: Why You Really Should).

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A Parent with PTSD Can Affect the Whole Family

A Parent with PTSD Can Affect the Whole Family

There are things to keep in mind when a parent has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD doesn’t only affect the trauma survivor, it affects the whole family–including the children. As a parent with PTSD, I think that it’s easy to get caught up in what having it feels like for me, and it’s easy to forget that it’s also affecting those around me, including my husband and my stepson (Can Combat PTSD Get Transmitted to Children From Their Parents?). My husband also has PTSD, so it’s fairly easy for him to deal with my PTSD symptoms because he has them too. But before I started this post, I really stopped and thought about how it is for my stepson and other children who have parents with PTSD.

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How Can We Reduce the Stigma of PTSD?

How Can We Reduce the Stigma of PTSD?

Stigma for PTSD exists, but there are ways we can reduce it. Read on for some easy ways to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses like PTSD.

Reducing the stigma of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that we all can, and should, help in doing. If you are reading this post, then it’s probably because you, or someone close to you, suffers from PTSD or some other type of mental illness. Those of us who are familiar with PTSD are, undoubtedly, also familiar with the stigma and discrimination that comes along with it. The good news is, there are things that we all can do to help reduce the stigmatization of PTSD sufferers. 

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