You can recover from post traumatic stress disorder. Your mind is perfectly designed to heal itself. When you experienced trauma, a part of you was frozen in that moment, and is waiting for you to come back and heal it. Another word for that frozen condition is "shock."
The thing is, the frozen part of you that holds the memory of your trauma is not dead. As a matter of fact, it's very much alive, and it sends out signals to your brain and body so that you won't forget that it is there, in need of your healing--yes, your healing.
You have what it takes to heal your own post traumatic stress disorder. Telling your story can be a big part!
So, those signals to your brain and body show up as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, rage and anger.
You might even have what are sometimes called "body memories." As disturbing as these PTSD symptoms are, they are simply your body/mind telling you that it needs your attention. What you're going to learn here is exactly what kind of attention to give it.
When the memories are just left there to fester, and you don't talk about them, they live mostly in the "emotional brain," also known as the limbic system. That part of the brain doesn't have any language, it's mostly a place of images and emotions. When you start talking and/or writing about your memories, you are connecting them with language which forms new brain connections and allows healthy processing and healing.
By the way, if you're a military veteran, this page on post traumatic stress disorder, more commonly known as PTSD, is just for you.
|DISCLAIMER: This is not a magic cure for post traumatic stress disorder, and will not work for everyone. Try this only if you feel comfortable doing so. You are doing this at your own risk.|
Still on board? Okay, here we go:
You can repeat this as many times as you choose, focusing on specific traumatic memories. If you had multiple traumas over many years, you don't have to revisit all of the memories. Just work with the ones that seem strongest, and that will symboloically heal the others.
If you do try the above process, please tell us about it so that others can offer support and learn from your experience.
Other things to consider in healing post traumatic stress disorder include:
Read this article on post traumatic stress disorder from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Thanks for visiting. Be sure and tell others about this site, and tell your story so that you can benefit from the writing and others can benefit from reading what you write! Remember, you are your own best anger management resource.
Return to anger management worksheets.
Just start writing. Don't worry about a thing. I'll edit as needed. Just tell your story as best you can.
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Feeling The Effects Of My Abuse After Six Years And It Scares Me
I was in an emotionally and slightly physically abusive relationship when I was about 14 till about 16. I never really understood I was being abused …
Abused And Emotionally Neglected In My Family
I'm not sure how young I was when the sexual abuse started. I remember my birth father only vaguely. My parents divorced when I was about 18 months old. …
Childhood Beatings By Belt
I have done a lot of work to heal from childhood physical abuse of beatings; not spankings. I was young when it started, 7, and a little slip of a thing. …
A Walk Through Hell
I believe that this world is all about a walk through living hell. It started for me as a baby. I remember it. I remember being lifted up as a tiny wee …
Thank You Not rated yet
I was cleaning out my inbox and I accidentally deleted your response to my story titled "School" about my emotional conflicts related to high school. I …
School Not rated yet
I think I'm more sensitive to verbal harassment than others because I've always been easily upset by it, and have had a hard time letting go of even the …
Aug 18, 17 04:54 PM
My daughter in law has been an angry person for many years. She has always had outbursts of anger, paranoia and blames everyone, especially her husband
Aug 14, 17 07:25 PM
I'm a 16 year old girl and I feel my parents don't pay attention to me. Every time when I sit down next to them they say nothing or sometimes just a
Aug 11, 17 05:59 PM
Hello. I just recently got married in August, 2017. I moved 550 miles away from home to be with my new husband, who is active duty in the military.