About Michele Rosenthal, Author of Trauma! A PTSD Blog
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 into a full-body burn patient almost overnight. By the time I was released from the hospital, I had lost 100% of my epidermis.
PTSD, The Trauma of Living with Trauma
I went on to make a full physical recovery but I was not so resilient emotionally. Within a few months, I was experiencing nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, intrusive thoughts and practicing an enormous amount of avoidance just to get through the day. For the next twenty-four years, I struggled with undiagnosed PTSD, experiencing frequent mental, emotional and physical meltdowns.
Finally, I was diagnosed and got serious about recovery. Within a couple of years, I made it out of the darkness and into the light: I became 100% free of PTSD symptoms – and I’ve stayed that way ever since.
After my recovery, I felt so grateful I wanted to give back and help other survivors move forward toward feeling better. I founded HealMyPTSD.com, which is a site for PTSD education and support. I’m also the host of the radio show Your Life AfterTrauma and the author of the PTSD healing memoir, Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future. I work as a post-trauma coach helping survivors shed the past and frequently speak on topics about PTSD and recovery.
My goal with Trauma! A PTSD Blog is to accomplish three things:
- Information – the more you know, the more you can find ways to move yourself forward
- Support – the more answers and ideas you have for coping, the better you can get through each day
- Suggestions – the more actual practices you learn and implement, the more you will regain control.
What does all of this mean? My hope is that this blog provides you with both a place to come for trauma and PTSD information and also a place to ask questions. We don’t heal in isolation; we heal in community. Let’s build a great one together.
Trauma! A PTSD Blog Welcome Video
Rosenthal, M. (2012, August 16). About Michele Rosenthal, Author of Trauma! A PTSD Blog, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, July 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2012/08/about-michele-rosenthal
Author: Michele Rosenthal
I love your personal and encouraging messages at the end of your clips where you summarize the goal before saying "You can do this. I believe in you." I am glad you got through this.
How can one relax when an alarm is going off that there is something to be anxious about. No one stands calmly when a fire alarm is going off, and the thought well maybe there is no fire doesn’t help much either because who wants to take the chance of being burned –
rest. Take care. Mauigirl
The good news is that there is help and recovery is possible. We're all individual, so we must find our own paths, but there are so many options I feel confident that you can find your way. You can find some ideas for both traditional and alternative treatment modalities here: http://healmyptsd.com/treatment