I had hoped that perhaps today I’d be sharing good news. Last week, I went out of state for a special medical procedure being looked at for PTSD that might reduce my symptoms. Still, I’m sharing what I did because I think that for some people, especially people with PTSD who are not suffering also from gross drug withdrawal damage, the procedure I had might help a lot…………It’s like a reboot…it takes your sympathetic nervous system offline temporarily and when it comes back on you feel better…and NOTHING has been changed in your body…the drug wears off and that is that.
“There are some human experiences that others can’t really understand. I learned a bit about that half a life ago when I developed a painful back problem that never got better, even with surgery. I learned to not talk about it, because even well-meaning responses were alienating. People would recount their own back stories [but they got better]. It helped me out to understand that they had nothing in their own catalog of experiences that fit mine. They couldn’t understand.”
Trauma is about broken connections. Connection is broken with the body/self, family, friends, community, nature, and spirit, perpetuating the downward spiral of traumatic dislocation. Healing trauma is about restoring these connections.
A little collection to think about: In situations of terror, people spontaneously seek their first source of comfort and protection. Wounded soldiers and raped women cry for their mothers or God. When this cry is not answered, the sense of basic trust is shattered. Traumatized people feel utterly abandoned, utterly alone, cast out of the […]
See this too: “This is a brain injury situation” I shared the post that I did explaining how it struck me that what I am experiencing, in part, as a result of the psychiatric drug withdrawal, is PTSD — with the neuropsych doctor who has been my friend and supporter since the beginning of this journey. […]
The first half of this post is my own observations of experiencing what is essentially iatrogenic PTSD. The second half is a brilliant article on PTSD in general. My neuropsych doctor confirmed what was in this post about my own iatrogenic experience in another post. Granted I have other more bodily related issues too, but […]
Speculation on what is happening to our brains on the internet: Does the Internet Make You Dumber? The cognitive effects are measurable: We’re turning into shallow thinkers, says Nicholas Carr. — WSJ– The Roman philosopher Seneca may have put it best 2,000 years ago: “To be everywhere is to be nowhere.” Today, the Internet grants […]
An excerpt from a blog penned by a veteran: A dear veteran friend of mine pointed out to me that what we live with is not a disorder at all, but a very natural response to circumstances no one should ever face. Labeling this as a disorder tends to imply that the problem is with […]
From Salon today we see what is already been whispered about here and there. Soldiers denied benefits for war injuries and told that their emotional problems were pre-existing, etc, all so that the government doesn’t have to support these men and women thrown into the war our government created. Now we have proof. By the […]
Doug Bremner is a psychiatrist at Emory University who has dedicated most of his career to the study of PTSD. He also has a great blog, Before You Take That Pill that is critical of the massive drugging of Americans. Not just in psychiatry but in all of medicine. Please go view the video about […]