Anger and PTSD

Anger and PTSD are very commonly connected.  Trauma can lead to anger as part of “survival mode.”  In fact, anger falls under the category of Hyper-arousal under PTSD symptoms.  Anger is a fight or flight reaction when one is faced with a traumatic situation and some can’t seem to shut it off.  This is notRead more

Flashbacks, Nightmares and PTSD

            Flashbacks and nightmares are some of the most known hallmarks of PTSD.  Again, these are signs that we are shown time and time again in movies or TV shows to demonstrate that a character has PTSD.  Sometimes though the flashbacks and nightmares are not so dramatic as Hollywood wouldRead more

Self-Medication, Self-Destruction and PTSD

        Self-medication is something that happens quite often while struggling with PTSD, but self-medication is only one part of the destructive behavior patterns those with PTSD can exhibit.  Self-destructive behaviors can be the worst part of PTSD because it takes the problem and makes it worse.  There is nothing positive about self-destructiveRead more

Moral Injury and PTSD

Moral Injury and PTSD have similar symptoms yet at their core are based on completely different types of trauma.  PTSD occurs when a person experiences a traumatic event.  Moral Injury occurs when a traumatic event strikes at the heart of a spiritual, ethical, moral or otherwise deep-rooted belief system.  Where PTSD is a mental wound,Read more

Signs of Crisis

One of the scariest risks of those with PTSD is the suicidal ideations.  Not all with PTSD go that far, but the risk is much higher.  Suicide is often considered a taboo topic but as one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States it needs to be looked at.  ThereRead more

Survivor’s Guilt

Guilt and PTSD go hand in hand.  Many with PTSD harbor some sort of guilt. Survivor’s guilt is one of the major kinds to be associated.  Survivor’s guilt at one time was classified as its own condition in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) but has since been redefined as a significantRead more

Myths About PTSD

    June is PTSD awareness month.  Since our family has firsthand experience with PTSD, I’ve decided to dedicate this month to educate and bring awareness to the sometimes less discussed portions of this condition.  Eric, the one with PTSD, is no longer with our family, but I truly believe his PTSD is the biggestRead more