Because my trauma occurred in a normal life situation I literally have to be reminded of my trauma throughout my day, every day. It really is by the grace of God that I leave my home, that I try to lead a normal life, and that I don't flip out more than I do.
An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.
We are probably only at the beginning stages of figuring out how to use technology and social media to help individuals with PTSD. The stage of basic and clinical science is further developed, but even in those areas, there is much more to learn.
Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
I do not assume that my personal life choices are so fundamental that other people are less human or will live less fulfilled lives because they don't make the same ones.
Internationally recognized traumatologist Dr. Charles Figley thinks we should reevaluate medical marijuana for use in treating trauma like PTSD, especially in the face of veterans being overprescribed pharmaceuticals and psychotropic drugs, often very powerful ones, and sometimes several at a time.
One of the deeper, darker questions concealed in the maelstrom of rage and grief of Ferguson is this one: What if Officer Darren Wilson had not been armed when he told the two teenagers to get out of the street?
You have conquered your fear and are prepared to have the best birth you can. You are ready to get your birth "right," whatever unpredictable course it takes, because getting your birth right simply means doing all you can to achieve the best birth possible.
Can a WWI novel shame the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs into caring for the spotters, coordinators, trainers, and advisors who have to deal with the convert-or-die genocides of ISIS?
Is self-perceived growth really adaptive and beneficial? Or is self-perceived growth in fact illusory and self-deceptive, an avoidance strategy that in the end impedes recovery and makes PTSD worse?
Many parents feel that Robin Williams has been a part of our lives since childhood, and were excited to watch some of his movies with our kids. Today I've had half a dozen questions submitted to my website and Facebook page from parents wondering if -- and how -- to talk to their kids about this. I have questions in return.
For centuries, indigenous people have incorporated shamans as an integral part of their societies. When accepted by their tribes these shamans play multiple roles. One important function is that of healers.
I don't want stress to win, but it's ever present. It steals from me sleep, laughter, and peace. Joy? It's fleeting. Found in bits and snatches -- and always bestowed to me by my children. Yes, it's there. But it's often stolen by the thieves of anxiety and fear.
Is it possible that the mere prospect of terrifying battle experiences is enough to traumatize soldiers before they actually deploy?
Steve Robinson was a veterans advocate in Washington, D.C., working tirelessly for years, speaking out for those who had no voice, pushing on the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to do more and do better.
The United States is the only developed country in which maternal deaths are rising. We can do better. We must do better. The lives of our mothers and children are depending on it.