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Growth in PTSD Recovery — Goodbye to "Trauma! A PTSD Blog"

Growth in PTSD Recovery — Goodbye to "Trauma! A PTSD Blog"

Three years ago this month I joined the HealthyPlace blogging team by creating this blog. I did so because I wanted to write about symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and what it takes to heal. This was a personal mission: I am a PTSD survivor who struggled for almost 30 years before launching a healing rampage that led me to freedom. And now, while I’m sad to do it, I must say goodbye to Trauma! A PTSD Blog.

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How to Find A Good PTSD Therapist

How to Find A Good PTSD Therapist

About eight years into my first therapeutic relationship I realized we were going nowhere — fast. I’d gotten into therapy to learn how to live as a chronic patient but what we were doing was talking and talking and talking about my trauma and the enormous fears I carried. By year eight I was mentally and physically deteriorating at a frightening speed. I needed to know how to find a good PTSD therapist.

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The Link Between PTSD and Eating Disorders

The Link Between PTSD and Eating Disorders

Within five years of the start of my posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms I was deep into self-destructive food restrictions that caused me to drop an enormous amount of weight. My parents had tried to get me into therapy after my trauma but I flat out refused to discuss it. With the weight loss, they forced me to see eating disordered specialists, none of whom knew what to do with me. I wouldn’t eat and I wouldn’t talk. Back in the early 80s the clear connection between PTSD and eating disorders wasn’t well documented or understood. Now it is and the data is clear: the link between PTSD and eating disorders is real and very common.

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PTSD and Your Lost Self: 3 Ways to Reconnect

PTSD and Your Lost Self: 3 Ways to Reconnect

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 my trauma and who I had never had the chance to be because of my trauma. I grieved that lost girl and the woman she might have become. In fact, the grief I experienced was so vivid it felt like a jab in my soul. I resented that trauma had taken from me so many opportunities at the same time that it turned me into someone I neither liked nor completely understood.

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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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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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Three Ways To Accelerate Your PTSD Recovery

Three Ways To Accelerate Your PTSD Recovery

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 abuse) Bill O’Hanlon about his ideas for three simple ways to help you thrive after trauma.

While you will have your own unique healing timeline, O’Hanlon suggests powerful areas to develop that will both deepen your healing and strengthen your ability to move forward. In sharing the general concepts I’m adding my spin to their definitions so that you can conceptualize the ideas, imagine applying them to your healing process and have some simple steps to get you started.

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PTSD Symptoms: Do They Come Back?

PTSD Symptoms: Do They Come Back?

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 PTSD community in which I participate.

And now, I’m thinking about it for an even more personal reason: Two weeks ago I almost died in a trauma eerily reminiscent of my original, PTSD-creating experience.

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PTSD and OCD: Has Trauma Caused You to Become A Little Obsessive-Compulsive?

PTSD and OCD: Has Trauma Caused You to Become A Little Obsessive-Compulsive?

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 sense? Do you clean (yourself or your home) obsessively? Does everything suddenly have to be perfect?

Following a trauma, it’s normal for your behavior to change in response to the new experience you’ve had. The question is, how do you move past that?

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Do You Have To Tell Your Story to Heal PTSD?

Do You Have To Tell Your Story to Heal PTSD?

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 Janet if you want to do some research), spoke about the need to ‘integrate’ the trauma by being able to tell your story.

Huge road block: I couldn’t tell my story. Did that mean I wouldn’t be able to heal?

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