Types of Depression

We all have points in our lives where we feel down or sad.  It’s part of the human existence.  There’s no getting around it.  True depression, however, is different.  It is a mental health condition that can wreak havoc on the mind and body.  There are many kinds of depression that vary in intensity fromRead more

Life Lately

It has been a while since I’ve sat down to write for this blog.  I’m still trying to deal with and work through everything that has transpired over the past few months.  I’ve tried many tactics to try to keep my sanity in check.  A couple of weeks was spent working on the house withRead more

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