Category Archives: About Michele

My trauma happened in childhood and completely severed me from any healthy sense of self. Later, one of my biggest problems in recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was this: I felt completely disconnected from who I had been before … Continue reading

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