It's Tough Being Social with PTSD!

December 14, 2012 Michele Rosenthal

During my own PTSD decades (yes, I struggled for 25+ years!), one of the toughest things for me was having to be around other people when I felt horrible, depressed, anxious, angry, sleep-deprived and just generally dysfunctional.

Being Social Despite PTSD

How do you manage to be in the world when you feel out of it? What I learned was to develop a false self; one that could be presented to others in a way that they didn't always ask what's wrong, how they could help or why I couldn't just get over it.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? I share more of my thoughts in the PTSD video below:

Michele is the author of Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity. Connect with her on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and her website,

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Rosenthal, M. (2012, December 14). It's Tough Being Social with PTSD!, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

Author: Michele Rosenthal

January, 11 2013 at 10:51 am

I could never have asked for a better video to change my day. It's hard to talk to people about this sort of stuff which inturn means I never really get to say how I feel. This also means I don't know much about other PSTD "survivors." Please know that you touched my heart and made me cry. I realized that it's OK to be inauthentic, because I am working hard to feel normal. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Thank you.

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Michele Rosenthal
January, 11 2013 at 5:01 pm

@Anonymous -- You just made my day! My goal is always to build community so that we don't all feel so alone in the PTSD experience.
I'm so glad that the video resonated with you, and that you have turned yourself to a more empowered and proactive point of view. How you think and what you think is the beginning of what you experience in PTSD recovery. You can see more about what other survivors think in this series of posts:
Onward toward freedom!

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February, 10 2013 at 12:04 pm

To the people who needed to rebel in school or against society, your memory was'nt the best, they seemed so strong, you felt so weak, the pace of life sped up you thought you fell behind. At the time you needed to front up that way, you needed to fake that strength your not bad you deserve everything that life has to offer. You deserve to be social again you'll see the compassion and understanding people have for you, as you have for them because we are all human and feel the same.
In difficult circumstances train your thoughts so you are ready to consider how others are struggling in the same circumstances. You'll see also your not alone we all need to support each other.

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Michele Rosenthal
February, 13 2013 at 8:31 am

@RonCass -- I love your final paragraph; it's soooo true! Thanks for sharing that idea here. :)

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