Bob suggested I write up a set of Q & A for an advice column on PTSD and try and sell it to a newspaper or something. It is really what I love to do, but do I have the energy? It would be easy if someone else came up with the questions...
I have a blog at PatienceMason.blogspot.com http://www.patiencepress.com/pat…/PTSD_Help-For_Spouses.html and two other facebook pages, Patience H C Mason, Author and Recovering From the War.
Last Year in June (PTSD Month) I posted everyday here and cross posted to all of them. I think it helped some people.
I keep directing people on some of the groups I belong to to http://www.patiencepress.com/pat…/PTSD_Help-For_Spouses.html
which also links to the stuff for kids, the Gazettes and various
essays. I have written so much on this subject and few people know, but
really think my non-professional take on PTSD is way more helpful than
the way professionals look at it as a random collection of symptoms with
no rhyme or reason.
I see it as survivor skills built into your brain
which are rapidly/instantly activated by war or abuse and which play out
in a logical order, hyperalertness and rapid adaptation leading to numbing and then avoidance, ending up with re-experiencing symptoms like
nightmares, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, anniversary reactions to
incidents you may or may not remember, one of the commonest causes for a
resurgence of PTSD symptoms.
The other common cause for a resurgence is
a new stressor which, having been to war, may not seem like it ought to
bother you, but suddenly you are keyed up, angry etc.
I'd be glad for suggestions or inspiration.