Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD) (276)
hello :). i am a healthy teen (19). i take care of my body, have a great life. but recently after going through some tough times dealing with a car accident and a few other things, my best friend who was my girlfriend left me, for a while.. had some realizations and now shes back ..
i went through a period of kinda a depressed state. i have these feelings of depersonalization, where i am "numb" to the world or just not there, i refuse to go through life that way . everything is great in my life now. i am happy :) but still sometimes those waves hit me. i would like you to recommend something that would help.
We love hearing from deployed soldiers and we’re finally getting some steady email from them. We welcome any and all feedback, as we continue to tweak some of our programs to better suit our military. By the way, take a look at what this soldier says about sleep meds at the end of his note.
I love this story - it was excerpted from “I’m Still Learning to Forgive” by Corrie ten Boom, and posted on the internet where it was reprinted by permission from Guideposts Magazine.
I love the part where she says, “…forgiveness is not an emotion… Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” The idea that you don’t wait for the feeling, but start with the right action and hope the feeling will follow makes sense on so many levels. But I’ll stop editorializing and let you read the whole story:
“It was in a church in Munich that I saw him—a balding, heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. People were filing out of the basement room where I had just spoken, moving along the rows of wooden chairs to the door at the rear. It was 1947 and I had come from Holland to defeated Germany with the message that God forgives.
Hello, I'm trying to deal with the suicide of my ex-husband. I am not sure if I should feel guilty for this, as I do not feel I handled some things very well toward the end of our marriage.
I am unsure of why he did go away, but then not long after, his brother-in-law told me he had taken his own life.
This is a difficult situation to deal with.
Thank you for your advice.
This beautifully written and inspiring letter came to the office on March 7th.
Dear Ms. Belleruth Naparstek,
My life was shattered when my 5-yr-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. After a nasty case of strep throat that recurred a week later, Alana’s pediatrician ordered a series of blood tests that revealed falling hemoglobin and platelet counts. She directed us to drive her to the Children’s Hospital 4 hours away, as soon as possible. By the time we arrived, Alana was so white she looked as if she wouldn’t make it through the night.
Three days later she was officially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and the three week induction phase of treatment began. It was then that I began having panic attacks. I would be sitting in the hospital with Alana and if no other family members were present, I would begin to feel waves of adrenaline flooding my system, followed by shallow breathing, which would only scare me and make the symptoms worse.
We got this note in March from Japan, from a friend of a friend who is living there.
“I caught this poem on NHK today [Japanese TV Channel], so it may be missing some words (and it was hurriedly translated by me), but I think I caught the main concept. March is the month of graduation in Japan, and even in the devastated areas of Japan, some children graduated. In one school, the children of the tsunami-stricken area who graduated chose to recite the poem rather than singing their school song. They recited with a big smile, pledging not to give up after losing so much.
In this population-based, cross-sectional study, researcher-epidemiologists from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research examined the prevalence of depression and PTSD in over 18,000 U.S. Army soldiers (4 Active Component and 2 National Guard infantry brigade combat teams), using several definitions, including functional impairment, as well as the comorbidity of alcohol misuse and aggressive behaviors. Additionally, they compared rates between Active Component and National Guard soldiers at the 3- and 12-month time points following deployment.
We got this last week from a man recovering from posttraumatic stress. (His question about boundaries is answered on this week’s Q & A page). The writer says reading Invisible Heroes was like putting together enough pieces of a puzzle to finally see the whole picture of what he’d been dealing with. BR wrote him back that when she was diving into the research data bases and writing that book, she felt the same way. Here’s his email message:
Belleruth Naparstek’s book, Invisible Heroes, has changed my life. I was 57 years old when I read it. Besides finding relief in understanding how my variety of problems were part of this whole, I also appreciate the help for healing I found through this understanding and her CDs.
A man in his late 50’s recovering from posttraumatic stress wrote last week to ask:
Does Belleruth Naparstek provide any information in her books or GI about boundary issues? Her book, Invisible Heroes, has changed my life. I was 57 years old when I read it. Besides finding relief in understanding how my variety of problems were part of this whole, I also appreciate the help for healing I found through this understanding and her CDs.
Since then I learned that I also have problems with boundary issues and that this is also common for people with PTSD. Does Ms. Naparstek have any resources about understanding and dealing with this problem?
Researcher-epidemiologists from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, screened for PTSD in 9/11 exposed firefighters at two different time points - within six months of the attacks and after 3-4 years post follow-up.
Five thousand six hundred fifty-six individuals completed assessments at both times. 15.5% reported probable PTSD post-9/11, 8.6% at baseline and 11.1% at follow-up, on average 2.9 (SD 0.5) years later.
Analyses revealed that nearly half of all probable PTSD occurred as delayed onset (absent baseline, present follow-up). Compared with the resilient group (no probable PTSD at either time), probable PTSD at baseline, and delayed onset at follow-up were each associated with functional impairments (OR 19.5 and 18.9), respectively.