Trauma

The neuroscience of PTSD/ The brain and PTSD

PTSD in not just a combat phenomenon. Millions of people suffer from it and self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

In this short YouTube video Dr Garfield goes through the four stages of trauma experience:
Fight,
Flight,
Freeze,
Shut Down

Hypervigilance is when you are constantly on High Alert.

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Mental Illness, Transgender, Trauma

My Childhood & Teenage Years as a Transgender Schizophrenic with PTSD

LGBT youth, like other youth, may have coexisting mental health issues. This video is about a transgender woman growing up having to deal with schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While the schizophrenia may have been an innate biological condition, the PTSD most likely was from the responses of others towards this young lady with her gender identity and struggles with schizophrenia.

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European Union, Trauma

Eagles of Death Metal Discuss Paris Terror Attacks

Watching this brought memories of past traumas, both in and out of the military, to my mind. When your life is in danger and you make those split second decisions that you hope and pray are the ones that will save you… Like your mind goes to a place where you just move without thinking about it. Survivor’s guilt is also a part of it. It’s like a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t”.

In the military you EXPECT to encounter shit like this. But in civilian life this just doesn’t compute. I saw a unsmiling man in a store today. He was wearing a long coat. I imagined he had a sawed-off shotgun under the coat and was going to start shooting.

The long arm of trauma, real, vicarious, or imagined. It doesn’t ever go away completely. #PrieresPourParis

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Trauma

The Trauma of Psychological Torture (Disaster and Trauma Psychology): Almerindo E. Ojeda: 9780313345142: Amazon.com: Books

I read this text and wrote my review when I needed some insight into what some migrants to Europe from Syria and other Middle East countries may have endured in their home countries. And I was not really surprised to read about the US involvement in torture designed to be rationalized away as something “not really that bad” and, more importantly, leaving no marks.

Since last year a lot of manuals and publications dealing with the questioning of “resistant sources” and “enhanced interrogation techniques” have been declassified and are available on US government websites. (I could have read this stuff for free and not have wasted my money buying the book!)

History has shown that war produces the need for nations involved in the fight to obtain intelligence by any means necessary. Human compassion, decency, and respect are things that are put “on hold” for the duration.

To truly get rid of man’s inhumanity to man, the only answer is world peace. Until then we are left with helping fractured human souls stay connected to life so that the love and compassion of caring others can help erase the imbedded traumas endured in the past.

http://www.amazon.com/Trauma-Psychological-Torture-Disaster-Psychology/dp/0313345147#customerReviews

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Trauma

You’re still here — Living after suicide | Amy Biancolli | TEDxAlbany

This is a difficult post. Feelings of shame well up within me as I write this. People don’t like to hear about suicide–even though it happens all around us. For those of us who are LGBTIQ, we have all thought about doing it. And most of us have probably tried doing it at least once. Statistics about this social disease will always be questionable. Who wants to tell the loving friends they may still have that he/she tried to leave them in this way?

Four of my family members, the last one my father, betrayed me by killing themselves. I fear constantly that I am hardwired to do the same. On my suicide prevention plan with my therapist I want to die a natural death when the time comes. But as Amy Biancolli said: Suicide is irrational. After it happens, wishing you had seen the warning signs won’t do any good. Wanting to do it is irrational. And rejecting the love you so desperately need in your life by doing it is the most irrational thing of all.

In a moment of despair, reaching out to God with my tears, He told me: “I have work for you to do here. Then, I will take you home.”

Tomorrow WILL be a good day.

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Mental Illness, Trauma

Your time in Iraq makes you a threat to society: Andrew Chambers at TEDxMarionCorrectionalSalon 2013


How DO you turn it off? The rational mind knows you are safe, but an image, thought, sound…tearing up…unable to speak. Relax…let it pass. Then it does pass…until the next time. Traumas from the past relived in the present. What is the matter with me??? I don’t like freaking people out. And I need to be around people to keep me from killing myself.  There is nothing glamorous about PTSD.

Another PTSD video. But this one by a veteran who was unable to leave the war over there. Now he is in prison. Will he get the help in there to finally come home in his mind? Doing a TEDx talk is a start. And with every wake up we begin again.

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60 Minutes Advanced PTSD Therapy

This video needs to be focused on when you watch it. For those of us with PTSD it may be hard to watch. Don’t be ashamed if you start crying. We will not be cured from this malady that can pop up without notice, but we can lessen the hold that these memories have on our lives right now. PTSD is PTSD: whether you picked it up in the military or in civilian life. And for someone to trivialize your pain is a very cruel thing to do.

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