PTSD Awareness Post 2017 – Part II

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie has provided us with a detailed and invaluable description of symptoms of PTSD. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

June was PTSD Awareness Month
Adding to our awareness – Part II

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Updated Refliections Post
Self-Health Series
– Part I HERE

“Emotions are very good at activating thoughts,
but thoughts are not very good at controlling emotions.

~  Joseph LeDoux

Since my Sleep Awareness post somehow jumped the queue and was posted at the same time as Part-1 of this article, I decided to wait a bit to give readers a shot at catching up.  Again, my apologies for seeming to inundate with info – it was not intentional.

This Part may seem long, but much of the first half is review — so those of you who read Part-1 will be able to skim through it quickly.

Identifying PTSD

PTSD can present in a variety of ways, with more than a few symptoms in common with depression, in…

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20 thoughts on “PTSD Awareness Post 2017 – Part II”

  1. I didn’t know what PSTD was until I was diagnosed with it several years ago. So, it’s not just for vets.. but it is quite complex so I’m glad it’s part of Madelyn’s informative site. Thanks for the reblog here John to help raise awareness.

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  2. Just got back from an out-of-town party where a couple of us stayed overnight. We didn’t have fireworks, but we were practically swarmed by fireflies (“lightening bugs”). The moon was bright and orange, the temperature was perfect, and we sat appreciating the light show and the silence that was only broken by the crickets. SO relaxing.

    It was SO lovely to return this afternoon to see that the auto-post feature worked as designed and that were a stack of wonderful comments for me to engage with. LOVED seeing that you reblogged this part. Thank you SO much for helping me spread the word.

    Happy Belated Canada Day, btw.

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            1. Little Cinderella (our granddaughter named her) barks incessantly at anyone who walks by our property or comes to visit – other canines included. Once she’s used to a person visiting, she’s all over them looking to be held. She’s such a princess! Hugs!

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              1. lol – Tink loves ALL people he meets outside, but barks like crazy if they deign to come into his home (or walk by his porch – or his door). He’s improving on his willingness to quietly tolerate other dogs – inside OR out – but we have a ways to go in that direction still. 🙂

                LOVE the name Cinderella, btw. Sounds perfect for her.

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                1. Good for Tink – he’ll get there! Yes, Cinderella is a real princess. Actually, she has the sweetest personality of any dog we’ve ever owned – and we’ve had two other Maltese Terriers. She just likes to act ferocious when anyone visits the house or (heaven forbid) has the temerity to walk past our property! I find her yapping annoying, but it is funny too. She’ll act all big and tough with another dog that could eat her for breakfast.

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                  1. TInk acts like he’s ever-ready to take on dogs 4 times his size or larger – pitbulls even.

                    Its tough to train “yapping” out of little dogs because the target actually DOES go away eventually – reinforcing the behavior.

                    I always remind Tinker (in a loving voice, of course) that, “Nobody likes a yappy little dog and I want everyone to LIKE you” — but it’s mostly to chill out his targets (as I cover his muzzle with my hand.) 🙂

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                    1. TInk’s not big on “stern.” As a breed, Shih Tzus rarely respond well to “tough love” (thus their “stubborn” reputation).

                      They’ll do backflips for praise (and treats!), however – at least ALL of mine have been that way, and I’ve had many through my life.

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  3. It’s a big and largely unappreciated problem. When I was in the army, the number of returning Vietnam War vets with what is now known as PTSD was staggering. Seeing formerly healthy people so debilitated was disheartening. But, stress disorders can result from a variety of causes, not just from the obvious traumas suffered in war. Sometimes trauma can be incurred slowly over time due to mundane causes such as the stress of day-to-day living.

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    1. I agree, Robert, that most people associate PTSD with soldiers returning from war, but this article explains how other kinds of traumas also bring on the disorder. Mental/psychological disorders are truly disheartening in that they are not easily healed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    2. I, too, appreciate your time to leave your thoughts, Robert, especially since you seem to be aware that there are many different definitions of “trauma.” The point of the article is exactly that – to list the symptoms so that more people can understand WHY – which helps them move on to solutions.

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