#FacesOfPTSD Campaign

#FacesOfPTSD Campaign

When I first launched the Faces of PTSD website, my original idea was to have an online gallery of PTSD survivors.Today I came upon the #FacesOfPTSD Campaign, spearheaded by a group of survivors with a similar mission to the one I started with... with the same name hashtag to boot! I was filled with joy to find that others felt the same, urgent need I had, and organized a social media campaign kicking off on this Friday, May 6, 2016.

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PTSD: Not Just for Veterans

PTSD: Not Just for Veterans

By: Trey Dyer -- Although often thought to be a disorder that affects only combat veterans, post traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) commonly occurs among people from all walks of life. PTSD is a disorder that develops in the wake of a traumatic event. PTSD can cause feelings of vulnerability, fear, anxiety and depression. While PTSD rates among veterans are high, they are also high among the general United States population. Individuals with PTSD often develop a co-occurring disorder, such as severe depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.

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PTSD Jedis and the Superhero Within Survivors: Civilian PTSD Advocates & Heroes

PTSD Jedis and the Superhero Within Survivors: Civilian PTSD Advocates & Heroes

The PTSD Jedi: As an individual living with Complex PTSD, I have long been fascinated by the hero / superhero archetype, and the many examples of heroic skills being borne out of darkness and trauma, transformed into a powerful light and drive to help mankind. In Star Wars speak, we have faced the "Dark Side." 

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Trauma is Drama: New Television Series Highlight Prominent Characters with PTSD

Trauma is Drama: New Television Series Highlight Prominent Characters with PTSD

Innumerable entertainment sources from film to television to books shine the spotlight on trauma, yet fail to directly address the psychological impacts of trauma by using direct mental health terminology. In 2015, two new television series featured title and supporting characters with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: the Netflix original series Jessica Jones, and the FX series "You're the Worst."

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11 Tips for Surviving a Hospitalization when you have PTSD

11 Tips for Surviving a Hospitalization when you have PTSD

I write this piece with some humor. I have to. But, the topic is a weighty one, that many PTSD survivors will deal with in our lifetimes. PTSD can contribute to a variety of physical ailments, including compromised immune system response, and more frequent hospitalizations than the general population. Most trauma survivors I have spoken with have other related health problems, including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, heart disease, and neurological conditions among many others. Here are my 11 Tips for Surviving a Hospitalization when you have PTSD.

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Sexual Assault - Survivor Shame & Guilt - Depicted in a Brilliant Cartoon Illustration by psychologist Nina Burrowes

Sexual Assault - Survivor Shame & Guilt - Depicted in a Brilliant Cartoon Illustration by psychologist Nina Burrowes

The majority of sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors struggle with some sort of guilt or shame that clouds their self esteem, and ultimately affects interpersonal relationships too. I'm linking to acartoon series by psychologist Nina Burrowes.... It is brilliant, and captures the thinking process behind survivor guilt and shame, and how to find the way out.

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Kripalu Center Event - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Kripalu Center Event - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

October 2015 and January 2016: My favorite trauma researcher and author Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will be presenting a weekend program along with Licia Sky, LMT, BFA, at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I've found movement and yoga to be essential to my recovery program.

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Inner-City Violence & PTSD - a Hidden Epidemic

Inner-City Violence & PTSD - a Hidden Epidemic

Hospitals and emergency room staff should routinely screen for PTSD symptoms prior to discharge for victims of violent crime, sexual assaults, vehicular accidents, health emergencies and near-death experiences, among other traumatic physical injuries. Early treatment is key. Unfortunately, this is not standard practice in most hospitals across the country, despite rates of inner-city violence-related PTSD rates as high or higher than Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam veterans.

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Parenting & Family with PTSD - 6 Stress Control Tips

Parenting & Family with PTSD - 6 Stress Control Tips

As a parent of an active early elementary school child, and as a member of a committed long-term romantic partnership, I have developed several tactics to cope with my stress. They take focus and self-control, and while they don't always work as I wish they would, they 100% minimize the impact my PTSD has on my child and partner. When my stress levels are high, I am always more susceptible to being triggered.

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PTSD & Rape: Lifelong Consequences

PTSD & Rape: Lifelong Consequences

Several studies have shown that rape trauma victims have one of the highest risks of developing PTSD and related conditions like depression and anxiety. This article explores the high rates of PTSD among sexual assault survivors, and why rape may have different, longer lasting effects than other trauma types due to both brain chemistry changes and society's treatment of victims.

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Racism & PTSD: A Case for Race Based PTSD Recognition

Racism & PTSD: A Case for Race Based PTSD Recognition

A recent New York Times Article titled Racism’s Psychological Toll focuses on the link between racism and post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma almost always features an element of dehumanization; when faced with a terrifying event that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm, to oneself or others, self-identity becomes damaged. Racism itself is highly dehumanizing; an individual may be treated differently, discriminated against, targeted or attacked, solely based upon the color of their skin.

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PTSD Books: I Can't Get Over It

PTSD Books: I Can't Get Over It

This is an excellent self-help book for civilian trauma survivors. Dr. Matsakis gives a thorough and compassionate review of the types of traumas that can cause PTSD beyond military combat, how to recognize symptoms, coping skills, and dedicated chapters for specific trauma types such as crime, vehicular accidents, sexual assault and rape, domestic violence, child abuse, natural catastrophes, among others.

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PTSD Books: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

PTSD Books: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

"A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing" Published in late 2014, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, is likely the most up-to-date, thorough review of the history, physiology, psychology and treatment opportunities for PTSD. My #1 pick for understanding PTSD.
 

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Disorder or Injury?

Disorder or Injury?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a largely hidden disease, with millions of Americans suffering in silence. Why? For many, the precipitating traumas bring a sense of shame, blame, embarrassment or fear of judgement. Many trauma advocates are trying to change the name to PTSI - with the "I" standing for "injury," to help survivors and the general population accept that these traumas are in fact injuries, both physical and psychological, and no PTSD survivor is to blame.

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