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Finding Purpose in Your PTSD Recovery

Finding Purpose in Your PTSD Recovery

It’s natural to ask, “Why me?” about your trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but I have found purpose in my PTSD. I have found that when you are able to discover real meaning and purpose in the trauma that have happened to you, not only does it provide you with some peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment, but also helps with managing PTSD symptoms. Here are tips on finding purpose in your PTSD.

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Complex PTSD–The Result of Long-Term Trauma

Complex PTSD–The Result of Long-Term Trauma

Complex PTSD often results from long-term trauma such as child or domestic abuse. Read more to learn the symptoms of complex PTSD and what causes it.

Complex PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) results from experiencing prolonged trauma, over which the person has little or no control, and from which escape seems hopeless. Many times, complex PTSD affects those who suffered ongoing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse during childhood and victims of long-term domestic violence. 

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Three Easy Steps for You to Share PTSD Awareness

Three Easy Steps for You to Share PTSD Awareness

The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder designated June as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness, reduce PTSD stigma, and encourage people to seek help for posttraumatic stress disorder. The theme of the awareness campaign is “Learn, Connect, Share,” so I thought it would be a good idea to talk about how we all can do those things to raise awareness about PTSD this month. 

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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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10 Things People With PTSD Want You to Understand

10 Things People With PTSD Want You to Understand

10 Things People With PTSD Want You to UnderstandPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex disorder that can be hard to understand if you haven’t experienced it first-hand, so there are things that people with PTSD want you to know. Even those of us who suffer from it sometimes have difficulty explaining it to others. We don’t all have the same PTSD symptoms, and we don’t all respond to the same kinds of PTSD treatment. However, while there can be a lot of differences in the way people with PTSD respond to past traumas and to their recovery, there is one thing that I think most of us can agree on: we wish others could better understand PTSD and the feelings and behaviors that come with it. Here are 10 things that people with PTSD want you to understand.

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When To Share Your Diagnosis of PTSD

When To Share Your Diagnosis of PTSD

Deciding when to share your diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and with whom, can be difficult to do. Even though talking about PTSD and seeking support from others is an important step toward recovery, choosing who and when to share your diagnosis of PTSD may be stressful and anxiety producing. The uncertainty of how others will react to hearing that you have a mental health issue can be as troubling as dealing with mental illness itself (Stigma Busting: Things Not to Say to Anxious People). There are some ways though, to decide who and when to tell about your PTSD diagnosis.

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Debunking the Myth of Mental Weakness in PTSD Sufferers

Debunking the Myth of Mental Weakness in PTSD Sufferers

Mental weakness in PTSD sufferers is a mental illness stigma. PTSD sufferers are not mentally weak. Read more to find out why.

One of the biggest myths about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is that those who have PTSD have a mental weakness. I understand why people think that way. When I was plagued with flashbacks, nightmares and disruptive thoughts about my past trauma, I believed that was a sign of my mental weakness. But it is a myth that people with PTSD have mental weakness. As a matter of fact, we are some of the strongest people I know.

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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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Follow-Through: How To Heal After PTSD Symptoms Settle In

Follow-Through: How To Heal After PTSD Symptoms Settle In

Follow-through and healing after posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms arrive is tough as illustrated by a client who recently told me about his plans to begin learning transcendental meditation to reduce his anxiety and he blurted in exasperation, I know what I have to do to heal! The problem is that even though I know what to do I can’t seem to get myself to do it.

This is a common refrain in recovery (and one I often said myself). Knowing what to do but not following through on doing it is one of the biggest problems in how to heal after PTSD symptoms settle in.

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How Long Does It Take To Heal Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

How Long Does It Take To Heal Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

The length of time required to heal PTSD varies by individual, which makes a commitment to the process so crucial to success.

We all want to know how long it takes to heal posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I know you want to heal yesterday, but the truth about PTSD, according to its diagnostic criteria, is that it doesn’t clear up overnight like a bad rash. Instead, we each have our own healing journey that has its own timeline. Settle in now for the long haul. Be realistic about what you are attempting to do. Give yourself permission to take the time you need. Decide you will be patient. And remember, how long it takes to heal posttraumatic stress disorder varies.

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