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US Suicide Rates Surge says Center for Disease Control More Americans now die of suicide than from car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a disturbing statistic that some experts say points to the true depths of the US economic crisis. From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among US citizens between the ages of 35 to 64 soared by about 30 per cent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, a jump from 13.7.
Depression Linked to Later Vascular Dementia, Alzheimer’s A new study reveals that depression is associated with the later development of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia — a condition caused by blocked or reduced blood flow to the brain, depriving brain cells of oxygen and nutrients.
Poll: 47 Million Believe Big Pharma Creates Disease A new major poll from the organization Public Policy Polling over what United States citizens believe to be true about their government and beyond has revealed that a whopping 47 million citizens are privy to the fact that the Big Pharma pharmaceutical industry and the current medical health paradigm are actually generating further sickness within the nation. And that’s just within the United States.
Psychiatric Meds: Prescription for Murder? In a frenzied cry for gun-control, the media is rife with details about the firearms Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults before turning a handgun on himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. But information about Lanza’s medical history is scarce, feeding speculation that he may fit the profile of school shooters under the influence of psychotherapeutic medication. Report: Thousands of Children are Sexually Abusing Other Children Thousands of children are committing acts of sexual abuse against other young people every year, the NSPCC has warned. The charity found there were more than 5,000 cases of abuse by under 18s reported to the police in the last three years. In some instances acts of sexual abuse were committed by children as young as five or six.
PTSD Spirituality: Benefits and Risks of Resolutions New Year’s Resolutions usher in potential benefits and risks for those of us with PTSD. On the one hand we can make great strides in our healing and sanctification by living up to well thought-out resolutions. Yet, at the same time, there is the risk of biting off more than we can chew. Depending on how we are in relation to ourselves, if we have low self-worth, the failure to achieve a resolution may result in feeling that we have programmed ourselves for failure.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Affects Animals, Too Now imagine the difficult symptoms of PTSD taking root in a beloved pet. That's right, it can happen to our most loyal companions. We know this because the military recently reported that over 10% of the service dogs that are sent to Iraq and Afghanistan develop PTSD.
Chronic Worry Linked to Higher Risk of PTSD Constant worriers are at increased risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study. “So the question is, ‘What’s the difference between those who develop PTSD and the majority who don’t.’ This paper says people who are habitually anxious are more vulnerable. It’s an important risk factor,” Breslau said in a university news release.
The Deadly Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) refers to the delayed reaction, sometimes for longer than 6 months, to a highly stressful or life threatening event. Often the causes for PTSD are myriad and distasteful, and more than 40 million women in America suffer from it. Although childhood abuse and sexual abuse is a common cause of PTSD.
Research Identifies A Way To Block Memories Associated With PTSD Or Drug Addiction The research performed by Nicole Lauzon, a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Steven Laviolette at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has revealed a common mechanism in a region of the brain called the pre-limbic cortex, can control the recall of memories linked to both aversive, traumatic experiences associated with PTSD and rewarding memories linked to drug addiction.
Prescribed for everything from learning and behavioral problems, to bed wetting, aggression, juvenile delinquency, criminality, drug addiction and smoking, we are bombarded with information pushing us towards this type of chemical “fix”.
It is well known that sex offenders often target deserving causes, in order to get close to a pool of vulnerable victims. Such predators appear outwardly altruistic, in order to gain access.
Rape, Then Red Tape Ruth Moore joined the navy to fight for her country. While serving, she was raped twice by her supervisor, and she continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Moore says her PTSD has resulted in “anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, a sexually transmitted disease, miscarriages, suicide attempts, homelessness, [and] an end [to her] marriage.”
Penn State's Top Officials Now Facing Criminal Charges Top Penn State officials- including the school’s former president- now face criminal charges for perjury and obstruction of justice because of their role in allegedly covering up Jerry Sandusky's years of child sex abuse.
The Pennsylvania state’s attorney general focused her attention on the school’s former president Graham Spanier, announcing his eight criminal charges including three felony counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and child endangerment.
Army Colonel Molested Children for Decades Tucked away in the quaint college town of Athens, Georgia, an Army colonel and scoutmaster allegedly molested young boys for decades while pastors, boy scout officials and even parents looked the other way, according to confidential documents kept by the Boy Scouts of America.
Random Violence & Senseless Shootings: Police Data May I.D. Psychiatric Drug Use in Violent Crimes Law enforcement is in a unique position to collect data that may actually provide the most accurate information about the possible connection between psychotropic drugs and violence. Conversely, the spotlight is rarely, if ever, directed at the very documentable fact that America is being “medicated” – having their brains chemically altered – at increasingly alarming rates. Recent analysis of pharmacy claims data by Medco Health Solutions, Inc., reveals that one in five American adults take at least one psychiatric drug and that the use of psychiatric drugs among adults grew 22 percent from 2001 and 2010.
Super Storm Sandy and PTSD Given the millions of people on the East Coast affected by Super Storm Sandy, it stands to reason that in the coming months, tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands of people will suffer from PTSD due to this natural disaster. Super Storm Sandy has caused folks to undergo a tremendous life upheaval. Not only were their lives and property endangered, their livelihoods may also well be threatened. It is the rare survivor of the storm that comes through without some form of psychological trauma after such a devastating catastrophe.
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 proud of 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."
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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.
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