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PTSD and Cancer

We had several friends die over the Christmas holidays several years ago, one of whom had cancer.  It was sad to watch him waste away knowing there was nothing we could do.  I’ve been thinking of a time much before the cancer got to its advanced state, that it was...

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PTSD Firefighters

Our site is called Beyond PTSD and as I’ve indicated many times in the past, PTSD is far more invasive than some people may think. When I first started journalling I didn’t even have a word for how I was feeling and now do I not only have a word for it I see it in...

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Pairing up and support a buddy

I've been giving this a lot of thought. It seems that there are lots of people who have PTSD and lots, if not all, who want to get better. The problem is the commitment. I know I've told you that we are still working on developing support groups. This would gather...

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PTSD Starting the crawl out

So you finally decided to give it a try. That's such great news. Remember that you are not doing this for your wife or children or friends of families. Heck you are certainly not doing this for me. No, this is your private journey. That means you can take the time...

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Random Letters Random Acts

“Of all the things I lost, I miss my mind the most…”From when I was “homeless” and hopeless??? Having been blessed to find HALF of it, I now have half a mindto do better things with the rest of my life,no matter how long that is… Small random acts of kindness given...

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Follower Letter- PTSD

I journal, I read, I research, I’ve done groups, I continue one on one therapy(CBT I think is what it is) but I still find myself feeling more and moreconfused.  Which causes me to fall deeper and deeper into depression.  So far down at this point that I truly...

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Suicides and PTSD

The debate over the number of suicides that Vets commit and the figure seems to waver between 20 and 22.  I was optimistic the other day when I heard the figure 20 but then last night the figure 22 again came up.   To me I look at it a bit...

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Our Book

B PTSD- Our book I’ve received a few requests from potential book buyers who are a bit unsure whether they want to spend the money on a book about PTSD.  I wanted to assure everyone that this is not a dark book where I complain about my own personal battle...

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PTSD comes in many packages

PTSD can find a cozy home inside you through a number of ways in addition to the military. This should not have surprised me when i started this blog but it did and judging from some of the comments I have received it is new to many others who follow here. Many PTSD...

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How and why do I choose? -PTSD

So the Genesis for my feelings was established by this site and its transformation into Beyond PTSD took up the next generation to include all PTSD sufferers and to encourage others to understand more about this terrible affliction.  Therefore, I try to always be on the lookout for things that pertain to any way that PTSD might rear its ugly head.  Whether it is occupational like military, police and fire, first res-ponders etc, or those who might have been abused, raped or  having experienced some other major trauma that has left its mark or those who may have dealt with PTSD and have lost hope and might be considering serious decisions.  These sayings are ones that I feel might touch you or those who you love and care for.  Sometimes they just touch me and I hope they touch you too. Then there are sometimes that I see something that just makes me smile.  Those times I feel you might need a smile too and I’m happy to oblige.

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A Private War- PTSD

My wife and I went to see the movie “A Private War” last night.  This may be a warning to some who are intending to see it.  It is pretty graphic and very disturbing to me as a PTSD sufferer.  This is not to say that the movie should not be seen but just an alert for those who may be triggered by some of the scenes.

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Guilt and PTSD

I received this letter from an actual psychologist who specialized in PTSD related issues.  “I have been a Clinical Psychologist for 33 years. I worked at a state mental hospital for 27 years and was in Private Practice for 8 years. I have encountered many people with PTSD. I have found that the worst cases had this in common, “guilt”. They truly believe they were somehow responsible for the traumatic event.”

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Just the way it is- PTSD

how does this relate to PTSD?  The truthful answer is that no one has the corner on the tragedy of PTSD.  We’ve all had mistreatment and slights from our families, friends, and especially the Veterans Administration.  I don’t condone the mistreatment, by any means, but people need to understand that until they can move on from this complaint they are going to be stuck and the longer they are stuck the worse the PTSD can get.  All of us PTSD sufferers have to understand that we can’t wait around for someone to fix us.  I may sound uncaring and believe me this is not my intent.  All I want to do is to make it clear that no matter what was said and done, we all have similar stories to tell that are eerily similar tho yours..

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Hope and PTSD

Now that I’m feeling and doing better it has been my desire to pass on the things that worked for me. The specifics of the route i took arent as important as passing on the simple fact that there was a route to take. The most critical part of my journey was hope. It sounds simple but remaining hopeful kept me going during the most difficult times and inspired me to continue moving forward even when my brain was telling me that suicide was the only possible relief. It is my goal to pass on a message of hope that can be used to help those still struggling make it through the most difficult of times and come out the other side intact and knowing that there is still a reason to continue therapy and get better. The stronger the hope, the stronger the mindset to carry on and stay focused on good feelings instead of misery. Its very easy to isolate and get trapped by our negative thoughts instead of looking for a path that would lead us out. Seeking ways to help others is one of the best methods that ive found to pull out of depression and anxiety and i try to do it daily. I start each day with the challenge of bringing smiles to as many faces as possible and it usually makes me smile thinking about some of my friends having an ear to ear grin. Its nice to feel good enough on the inside to let it show on the outside

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They Came for the Jews PTSD

BLOG PTSD-They came for the Jews   “First They Came for the Jews” By Pastor Niemoller “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” – Ayn Rand First they came for the Jews and I...

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Venom and Hate

I don’t find mocking pain and suffering to be at all funny.  That includes those who have decided to become the PTSD police and begin to register their complaints as if someone doesn’t measure up to what they feel is PTSD.  Let me reiterate, PTSD is not a contest on who can endure the most.  PTSD just is and if what they are feeling is getting in the way of them living a productive life, then it is what it is.

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The Room- and PTSD

Recently I saw a movie called, “Room”.  This is an Independent movie so don’t expect lots of special effects car chases or explosions  There is no mention of PTSD anywhere in the movie.  It has nothing to do with the military or war and I will not say anything to give away the story line.  I’ve been away from the Vietnam War for almost 40 years and during this time I’ve seen hundreds of movies and probably thousands of television shows.  That being said, I can honestly say that this movie crystallizes the PTSD experience and the reaction of others to a PTSD sufferer (s) more clearly than I’ve been able to do, ever.

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PTSD Treatment

I know that the Veteran Administration is reluctant to prescribe drugs until many tests are done to assure that there are no negative reactions and that there have been clinical trials performed on them.  Therefore, I would recommend that, should you feel the need to go in this direction, you might want to consult with a private physician and preferably one who has experience with this drug.  I have heard it referred to by the name “iboga” or “ibogaine”.

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Character

Mr. Brooks, talked about several of the examples from his book and how each of them looked at themselves, took an inventory, and asked, “Is this the person I want to be?” He stated that many of them would then work every day on specific negative parts of themselves and vow to improve on these negatives.

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