Category Archives: About Michele

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 … Continue reading

“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 … Continue reading

While PTSD recovery spans a slew of areas and requires many choices and actions; I’m always looking for ways to chunk down the work so that it’s more manageable. Recently, I spoke with trauma expert (and survivor of childhood sexual … Continue reading

It’s a common worry: If I heal PTSD symptoms, and then experience another trauma, will PTSD return? I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately. I hear it often from the survivors I coach, and also from the enormous … Continue reading

A doctor, purely through his own negligence (he didn’t read my chart before prescribing a medication that turned me into the equivalent of a full-body burn victim and in doing so nearly killed me) drastically altered and forever impacted the … Continue reading

There is a relationship between PTSD and OCD, but sometimes the obsessive-compulsive behaviors sneak up on you and so it’s not so obvious. Have you noticed, since your trauma, that you have new, idiosyncratic behaviors, even ones that don’t make … Continue reading

When I first started my PTSD recovery I read a slew of books and articles about how trauma recovery is supposed to happen. Many of the theories, dating all the way back to the late 1800s (check out Charcot and … Continue reading

In 1981 a lazy doctor almost killed me. Who knows, maybe he was having a busy day, maybe he was hungry and just trying to get to lunch. Maybe he thought he knew so much about run-of-the-mill infections that he … Continue reading

When I was thirteen, I survived an illness so rare none of my New York City doctors had ever seen a case. An allergic reaction to a medication brought on a case of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome, which turned me … Continue reading