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Saturday, March 17th, 2007
8:52 am
[novanglus]
Inaccessible radio
There was a good story overnight on BBC radio about PTSD, but the BBC website is so bad I can't find a link to it. Maybe someone with more patience will be able to find a link and listen to it.

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
12:54 pm
[gahelle]
Old Soldier
I am a Vietnam vet who is 100% disabled with PTSD. I am now alone, the wife of 35 years did not make it. I find myself alone with a .45 always at my side.

I need friends, but neither trust or accept people for their reasons for wanting to be with me. I fell so alone. I need friends, but that is so hard.

It is hard for me right now because of what happened in January 1969.... a long time ago but it seems like yesterday. I see a therapist, work with the VA including a group.... but it does not go away.

I am not asking for pity. I want to be part of this group. Help can come from so many places.

Greg Hellle
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
9:55 am
[earljoe]
PTSD group therapy
My PTSD is related to war service in the Infantry. I was in front-line combat for 320 days. Was wounded once, given a Purple Heart, patched up and sent back up to do some more fighting.
For many years, I thought I was too tough to seek treatment. The problem intensified after my wife died of cancer. Being a war veteran, I went to the VA hospital, and was put ito two programs. One was physical rehabilitation, three times a week, working out, under excellent supervision. Mentally, I think this is powerful treatment. Also, the VA put me in a PTSD group of about six veterans, and under a psychologist. We met for one and a half hours every Wednesday. This psychologist was very effective in his discussions on various elements in our behavior which can make us happy or unhappy - anger, guilt, self esteem, and so forth. After every meeting, I think all of us left mentally healthier.
Unfortunately, that psychiatrist retired after many years of Government service. Our group was then combined with another group, making the total patients ten. This PhD psychiatrist is just the opposite of the previous person we had enjoyed for over ten years.
This psychologist, Dr. Miller, does no teaching to show us how to cope with the negative things in our lives. In stead, she thinks the proper therapy is having everyone around the able tell how he feels. She does no teaching or therapy at all. She says the best therapy is to give us a place where we can report all our tramas.
So, for over an hour she asks each one around the table how they feel. It is terrible. I quit going. After listening to all these men complain about all their problems, I found myself in a deep state of depression.
Another thing that is noticeable. In the previous group, after meetings, we would stand around and chat about things going on in the world, and the friendship was bonding. We frequently chatted, on the phone with one another nights. Never boring each other with our problems, but discussing sports, politics, and so forth. When we walked out the building, we would walk together out to the parking lot, and there would be friendship there.
When the meeting is over with the present PTSD group, I noticed nearly every one walked out with their heads down, and none of them were talking to each other. What a contrast.
I had an appointment with my VA psychiatrist and made a strong complaint, but they have not found another group for me to join. So for three weeks no, treatment.
I posted this in the hope of developing some responses on these two approaches to treatment for PTSD. earljoe
Saturday, January 6th, 2007
2:35 pm
[logicalargument]
Secondary PTSD
I found a very interesting article here about the high rate of secondary PTSD among social workers. I think that what is often called "burnout" or "compassion fatigue" affects supporters of all kinds, not just social workers. The problem with talking about these issues is that it can make the sufferers feel guilty, and lead them to stop talking about their pain, simply because it affects others.

Well, of course it affects others - it should! The question is what to do about that effect, and the answer isn't to condemn or judge either the speaker or the listener. Being able to care about others is what makes us human. But the listener does need to be able to say "ouch" without it being interpreted as "shut up."
Monday, June 27th, 2005
11:36 am
[logicalargument]
Trust After Trauma
I picked up an excellent book last night, and I'm going through it. There is a LOT of good stuff here:

Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them, by Aphrodite Matsakis

She is also the author of several other books on PTSD and trauma recovery.
Saturday, July 31st, 2004
12:16 pm
[logicalargument]
New community to promote 100 Mile Walk
Just a quick note to let people here know that I have set up a separate community for those who would like to help organize to promote the  100 mile walk  to raise awareness about PTSD.

100milewalk

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, July 12th, 2004
6:50 pm
[logicalargument]
Two new PTSD communities
I see that two new communities about PTSD were created at LiveJournal during the first week of July:

dissociatedfew

was created on July 7, 2004, and

p_t_s_d

was created on July 2, 2004.

I'm sure it is not a coincidence that the week of the Fourth of July produced two new PTSD communities... seems to be a rough time of year for our loved ones.

By the way, I just found this Hope for Recovery brochure ... thought it might be of interest.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, July 9th, 2004
12:30 pm
[logicalargument]
Medication - pro and con
Hi all, opening up a subject for discussion and hoping to hear from some folks on this topic.

Antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and other mood-altering medications, particularly SSRIs, are being prescribed for just about everyone these days, on the premise that depression and other mood dysfunctions are the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. Certainly that is sometimes true, but when these symptoms are the result of life experiences, as in P.T.S.D., does medication help to process the experiences more effectively, or does it actually slow down the process of working through these issues?
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
8:22 pm
[logicalargument]
Welcome!
Welcome, ponysoldier! Thank you for joining to help in the journey toward understanding for those of us who are learning how to love and striving to support people who suffer with PTSD.

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, June 12th, 2004
12:40 pm
[logicalargument]
New community
I have created this community for friends and family members of those who suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, so that we can share with one another our experiences in loving someone with PTSD.

Current Mood: optimistic
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