One of my very first blog posts about PTSD symptoms and recovery was entitled, “Are You Ready to Let Go Of Your Trauma/PTSD Identity?” It explored how tough it was for me to let go of PTSD related perceptions and behaviors. Recently, I was reminded of it again when I was talking to a survivor about her sleeping habits, and the fact that she is, finally,…Continue
Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 31, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Just because I love talking to people live and in-person, every month I conduct a Professional Perspective interview about some topic of self-empowered healing. (Are you registered to listen in, ask your questions and receive the free PTSD audio download??)
This month, I spoke to Dr. Bill…
Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 28, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments
Fire Chief William "Skip" Sullivan recalls two incidents in his career involving pets suffering from smoke inhalation, some unconscious after becoming trapped in a burning building.
From now on, treating those animals will be much easier, thanks to two residents with a love for pets.
Ian and Katie…
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Continuing from my last post about the importance of taking action in PTSD recovery...
At the beginning of February I launched the Heal My PTSD Virtual Support Groups (that means no matter where you live you can participate!). Some brave PTSD action-takers signed up and have been meeting for the past five weeks. Here’s a glimpse of what happens when you take action, written by Donna, a member of our…Continue
Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 21, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
Update: links should be fixed now
The spent fuel pools near the Japanese reactors affected by the earthquake are a significant concern at this point. During the power generation process fission products build up in the fuel rods. In particular for the first several years after their removal from the reactor the radiation levels are fairly significant and the the rods can generate a fair amount of heat. Most reactors have a storage pool nearby in…Continue
Added by Lt. Traycee B. on March 17, 2011 at 5:55pm — No Comments
At the beginning of every new year I like to take a look at how I can better support you. That means that around this time I begin making changes to how I blog and what I blog about. I’ve finally decided on a few new features that you’ll see roll out over the course of the next month. (Have a suggestion about what you’d like to see? Feel free to leave a comment.)
One thing I’ve decided is that we need a PTSD Recovery Tip of the Month.
Here’s the first…
Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 17, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
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We’re all always reading. Books are a great way to continue exploring aspects of PTSD symptoms, treatment and recovery. This new monthly feature will cover all kinds of books, including both fiction and nonfiction.
I’m kicking off this feature with TRUTHFUL MOMENTS, by Tom Reed. As Tom described the book in his first email to me:
It is about PTSD. Part of the intent is to raise awareness of PTSD. I know that the disorder can occur in children and noncombatants…
Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 14, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
1 – Believe in the power of your own mind. You've suffered a trauma, you feel changed, you may even feel like you've lost the power of who you used to be. Don't despair; you've still got it, it's just been momentarily frozen. What can you do to evoke a sense of who you are outside of trauma? Tap into your untraumatized self and use that part of your mind to help you regain a sense of your own strength, power and identity.
2 – Take some time to think about…
Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 10, 2011 at 2:02pm — No Comments
A lot of trauma healing has to do with reframing events, perceptions and memories. I’ve come to understand that this applies to the healing process, too. We need to reframe our idea about what we’re doing when we attempt recovery. For example:
Last year I took a on vacation in North Carolina. Some friends and I stayed in a house on a lake up in the mountains, but each day we chose a different small town to go into for supplies and lunch. One of these excursions took us to…
Added by Michele Rosenthal on March 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
My approach to my own PTSD healing was all wrong. I thought I could force it to happen, cause it to occur overnight and then, poof!, 25 years of undiagnosed PTSD and all the memories and emotions tied to 1 life-threatening trauma would just evaporate. Just like that. Wasn’t I optimistic?
OK, so now I’ve learned it doesn’t happen that way. Back then, though, I didn’t understand all of the work that needed to be done by me, that no one could do but me, and that no one could just bestow…Continue
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