Another Veterans Story I can not believe how disturbing it is to read through the daily news that references Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to find story after story about veterans and their PTSD. "A veterans struggle to heal PTSD," "Documentary of PTSD in War," "How I Recovered From War," and the list goes on and on, repetitively, when reading the news feed.
Shock horror media news agencies, veterans are a minority of the global population affected by PTSD, yet all you do is perpetuate PTSD association with veterans. Why?
Lexapro Maker Must Face Claims Tied to Suicide
Federal law does not pre-empt claims stemming from a Florida woman’s suicide after she took the antidepressant Lexapro, a federal judge ruled. Brett Bennett sued Forest Laboratories in February 2006 for product liability and failure to warn, claiming that his wife’s suicide was related to her taking the prescription antidepressant Lexapro.
Those were the responses from Sarah Allen’s closest friends after she told them she was sexually assaulted by a trusted friend and fellow resident advisor at her college. Sarah was expecting support and empathy, but instead was questioned and felt blamed by her friends.
Laws or Common-Sense For Treating PTSD Veteran Pandemic? The United States of America has thrown money towards solving the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) problem in returning veterans, to no evail. Is the solution to pass new laws that throw more money towards the problem, or to start using some common-sense solutions that don't require such monetary means? Intellect does not mean a person has common-sense, and this is certainly continuing to be proven with the ongoing stupidity in treating the US PTSD pandemic in veterans that's leading to 22 veteran suicides a day.
Why Is There An Anti-Psychiatry Movement? On February 18, the eminent psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, former President of the APA, published a video and transcript on Medscape. The article was titled What Does the New York Times Have Against Psychiatry?, and was essentially a fatuous diatribe against Tanya Lurhmann, PhD, a Stanford anthropologist, who had written for the New York Times an op-ed article that was mildly critical of psychiatry.
Jackie Kennedy May Have Had PTSD After JFKS Death Jackie Kennedy has long been a subject of fascination for the American public. But after the brutal and very public assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy, the former first lady struggled to reclaim the life and normalcy she once had.
First Evidence of PTSD Dates Back to 1300BC It's not uncommon for modern-day soldiers to return from Iraq suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But now it turns out that soldiers who fought there 3,000 years ago did the same, say UK researchers. They've found texts dating back to 1300BC in which warriors in ancient Mesopotamia describe symptoms that sound very much like PTSD, reports the Telegraph.
Depression- The Low Serotonin Theory Finally Challenged The science behind anti-depressant medications appears to be backwards, say authors of a paper posted by the journal of Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Pharmaceuticals for the past 50 years have been based on zero evidence, citing depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the gaps between cells in the brain.
March 2015 Settlements in Vaccine Court: 117 Vaccine Injuries and Deaths The Depart of Justice issues a report on vaccine injuries and deaths every quarter to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. The March 5, 2015 report states that there were 117 cases for vaccine injuries and deaths compensated from 11/16/2014 to 2/15/2015. Five of those settlements were for deaths linked to vaccines, with three deaths related to the flu shot. The unified message presented by the U.S. mainstream media and certain government agencies is that vaccines are safe.
Will We Allow Big Pharma to Patent and Control Natural Products? Female Workers At Pharmaceutical FactoryBehind the scenes, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries are trying to change the law—to benefit no one but themselves. Big Pharma in general—and biotech in particular—are having trouble coming up with new-to-nature molecules they can successfully patent and turn into blockbuster medicines.
Fifty Shades of Grey Sends Dangerous Message I help people who are broken inside. I ask questions, and listen carefully to the answers.
One thing I've learned is that young people are utterly confused about love — finding it and keeping it. They make poor choices, and end up in lots of pain.
I don't want you to suffer like the people I see in my office, so I'm warning you about a new movie called Fifty Shades of Grey. Even if you don't see the film, its toxic message is seeping into our culture, and could plant dangerous ideas in your head.
Deaths from Prescription Painkillers Triple in 20 Years – What’s Going On? The deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger may have grabbed headlines, but there is a far larger tragedy behind America’s recreational painkiller epidemic. Deaths from prescription painkillers have more than tripled in the last 20 years, while drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Immunity Granted to CDC Whistleblower on Measles Vaccine Link to Autism Patrick Howley of The Daily Caller has reported that the Obama administration has granted whistleblower immunity to Dr. William Thompson, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC who co-authored and published research on the MMR vaccine for the CDC back in 2004. His decision to become a whistleblower and reveal data that was concealed by the CDC linking the MMR vaccine to autism among African American boys was revealed during the summer of 2014.
90% Of Big Pharma Spent More On Marketing Than Research In 2013 Alone Surely Big Pharma corporations are spending their cash on research ‘for the cure’ and finding ways to implement life-saving ingredients into their next formula, right? As it turns out, 9 out of 10 Big Pharma companies actually spent more on their sales and marketing than their research and development.
20 Reasons To Be Concerned By Antidepressants Whether or not to take antidepressants is a personal choice. I respect that choice, but wonder if fewer people would rely on them so much if they were more aware of some of the risks. You may know friends or colleagues who are on antidepressant drugs. Maybe you also are taking them (or wondering whether or not to start).
Why All-Nighters Don't Work: How Sleep, Memory Go Hand-in-Hand
Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known as memory consolidation.
Fermented Food Linked to Mental Health Recent research has investigated the intriguing link between mental health and the activity of the human gut’s microbiome, or the microorganisms that share our body space. These organisms outnumber our own cells by ten to one.
Nearly Half of U.S. Kids Exposed to Traumatic Social or Family Experiences During Childhood Nearly half of all children in the United States are exposed to at least one social or family experience that can lead to traumatic stress and impact their healthy development – be it having their parents divorce, a parent die or living with someone who abuses alcohol or drugs – increasing the risk of negative long-term health consequences or of falling behind in school, suggests new research.
Psychiatric Drugs—Deadly Time Bombs Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven’t been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope, but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk.
Tips on Standing Up to Unethical Authority More than 50 years ago, a psychologist performed a now-infamous experiment on how people would obey authority even when asked to perform egregious actions. “Milgram claimed to have found sort of a dark side to human nature that people were not quite as attuned to,” said Matthew Hollander, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Repentance: A Condition Necessary to Salvation from Sin What is the meaning of repentance? How important is it in our salvation from sin? Is it the same as godly sorrow? Must we admit or acknowledge our sins to be forgiven? What other conditions must we meet to be saved? What about faith and baptism? Should Christians ever repent or is it just for alien sinners? What are the fruits of repentance? What is restitution, and how important is it? Have you repented of your sins?
website was developed due to an inspiration by Antonio, my husband. He
felt strongly that we needed to provide people struggling with PTSD and
their loved ones resources we never found during our darkest struggles
with my PTSD. PTSD effects citizens as well, but most of the subject is
aimed towards members of the military.
I am so well pleased and grateful to Antonio for painstakingly researching
and maintaining this website on a weekly basis. His passion is educating
and providing resources to PTSD sufferers and their loved ones so that
their lives may be made a bit easier by understanding they are not
alone. There are numerous sources for alternative treatments on my
resources link. Spending time on this site will be an opportunity to
begin learning how to find help in healing your mind, body & spirit.
My hope is that you find this website resourceful for yourself or loved
ones. This site is for information and support only and NOT a substitute
for professional diagnosis and treatment."
If you're struggling with depression, please visit the informative resources page!
is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it
merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is,
first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue
over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose."
-C Wright Mills
If I Were the Devil: Paul Harvey (Eerie Warning for a Nation)
This commentary was made in 1965.
A Psychiatrist's Perspective on Antidepressants
Colonel Bart Billings—Stop Labeling & Drugging
Peter Breggin, MD: Do You Have a Biochemical Imbalance?
How to Help Deeply Disturbed Persons
How to Help the Suicidally Depressed Person
“You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”
“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery quotes (French Pilot, Writer and Author of 'The Little Prince', 1900-1944)
PTSD I: Describing and Diagnosing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Nearly eight million people in the United States are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) annually. For most suffering from PTSD there is a choice: keep the trauma buried and try to function, or attempt to deal with the trauma. Either way, you risk losing everything in the process. But there is help; there is hope.
Symptoms of PTSD
* Startle easily
* Feel emotionally numb (especially in relation to people with whom you used to be close)
* Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
* Trouble feeling affectionate
* Aggressive impulses/Agitated mood
* Some people may become violent when triggered
* Avoidance of situations that remind you of the original incident
* Symptoms worsened on anniversary of the original incident
* Repeatedly relive the trauma in your thoughts during the day (flashbacks)
* Insomnia or nightmares at night
* Other possible symptoms and related issues may include depression, alcohol or drug abuse or other addictions, personality changes, hopelessness, paranoia, restlessness, fear, inability to focus, dissociation, and severe anxiety.
The Difference Between PTSD and A Normal Response to Trauma
The traumatic events that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder are usually so overwhelming and frightening that they would upset anyone. Following a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences at least some of the symptoms of PTSD. When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it’s normal to feel crazy, disconnected, or numb. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful or numb, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events.
For most people, however, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but they gradually lift. But if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the symptoms don’t decrease. You don’t feel a little better each day. In fact, you may start to feel worse.
A Normal Response to Trauma Becomes PTSD When You Become Stuck
After a traumatic experience, the mind and the body are in shock. But as you make sense of what happened and process your emotions, you come out of it. With post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however, you remain in psychological shock. Your memory of what happened and your feelings about it are disconnected. In order to move on, it’s important to face and feel your memories and emotions.
My Personal Story: Living With PTSD
It’s amazing how life turns out. I never aspired to be a writer; yet I have written a book—a book that reveals my life during one of my darkest times. I questioned, Do I really want to do this? As you read on, you will find I was once one of the most closed off, emotionless people that ever lived! So who was I to write a book, sharing my deepest, most desperate emotions?
In my twenties, I studied psychology to see if I could figure things out—things that had happened to me in my life. I wanted to figure out why the people involved did what they did. To my dismay, I never completely figured this out.
After working hard to get a college education, I then became a business executive. I excelled in this role until “The Great Darkness” entered my life. All of a sudden, I had no interest in being involved with all the politics of corporate America anymore. My eyes were opened to many truths that I now find unappealing. I finally figured out the game, and I did not like what I saw.
I was thirty years old when the first waves of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—my “Great Darkness”—began to appear. I remember cooking something on the stove, and in the pan, I saw images from my past. I do not recall exactly what I saw anymore … but it horrified me. It was a memory of someone from the past who was no longer supposed to exist in my world. That person was supposed to have been tucked away forever in the recesses of my mind, never to appear again. The memory was something buried, and how dare it appear in a pan while I was quietly cooking and minding my own business? For a few days, the experience shook me to the core. But soon I repressed everything again and moved on. Just work harder, do more, and don’t stop, and these things cannot enter your life because there will be no room.
By this time in my life I coped by trusting no one completely, except animals. I was tough and showed little emotion. Feelings were for sissies and weak people. I had little regard for my emotions or anyone else’s. People would say I was like a faucet. I could turn things on and off. They would ask me if I ever felt anything. Often, I could honestly say no. No one knew why I was this way, not even me. I thought I was strong, independent, and bordering on arrogant, if I had not already crossed that line. I didn’t know myself anymore. Looking back, I don’t think I would have wanted to know someone like me.
Today, my life is one of healing. I can no longer do the type of work I used to do because I can’t play the games. I don’t have the energy, and I honestly cannot get passionate about selling things that others believe are so vital to the community and the world, when they are not. In finding myself, I did not expect to lose my career and the identity of who I was as a professional, but I did.
The reality is, after what I have been through, my focus is now on helping others—helping others through their own Great Darkness and assisting them with resources and encouragement that I did not have. I understand PTSD and how debilitating and life-altering it is once you become symptomatic. The pain is searing and the losses are great. So now, here I am—an author of a book that evolved from my own suffering, written with the intent of assisting others. I am finally finding a passion in a career that was built on personal suffering … not self-glory … not being a top sales person … not producing like a maniac … but by suffering and being led by the glory of God so that maybe I can help others.
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." –Voltaire
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
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