ptsd Nov 07, 2016
Besides the journey of this website and my own coaching program, Healthy, Happy Joints, I have begun training to be a PTSD intervention coach. Most people on the earth have experienced something traumatic. Many of us have the emotional scars, but not the diagnosis.
Besides the warriors of the world, there are sex slaves, abused spouses and children, natural disaster survivors, accident survivors, and bullying survivors. We are all survivors of something unpleasant, aren't we? Life tests us all.
So the need for this is coaching program is huge and worldwide. It is spreading quickly. But, this program is not talk therapy at all. In fact, talking about the problem is discouraged so that another part of you can be engaged in healing.
Personally, I have a few signs of PTSD. I startle very easily. Although I am usually pretty easy going, if the right circumstances present themselves I can over react with irritability or anger. I may mull over the incident a lot until I come to terms with the situation or other things become more important in the now.
My husband is hypervigilant. Making sure doors are locked repeatedly and over or under reacting to situations are some of his responses. To disturb him when he is concentrating is a breach of protocol. Probably a good thing he was never a parent.
As a mother, you always have to juggle between people and tasks. I did the same as a boss. But a mostly female environment with a lady boss did blow up my male assistant who could not juggle effectively or quickly. He was good at the tasks I hated, but the need of the job to toggle between demands just wasn't in him.
Substance abuse is common as people hope to avoid pain. Suicide is also a part of PTSD when they feel they just can't cope anymore. Exaggerated responses to situations can cause family abuse in circumstances that, prior to their service, may not have triggered such an incident. Or they may be numb and emotionless. Panic attacks may easily be triggered by events that remind the person of past pain. Our veterans have a lot of all of these issues. So do others who have experienced trauma. Even witnesses to tragedy are affected.
Do you recognize yourself in these descriptions or someone else? These reactions are all coping mechanisms that probably do not serve us well in the present. They are reactions to the past, and need to be put to rest with the past.
Our survival once depended on our being hypervigilant or angry or detatched. But that was then, and this is now. The more we can let the past go, the more we can be here in the present for ourselves and those we care about. If you think you need help, reach out. I can connect you with someone who will not ask what you went through, but instead teach you how to find your way to be here more each day. Heal the wounds.
Linda Mac Dougall
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