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Successful with PTSD – Is It Possible?

The way you define success has a lot to do with the answer to that question. The answers are more a spectrum than a binary response. People who experience PTSD can be very successful at work, running companies, being self-employed, being part of teams, taking risks, developing their entrepreneurial concepts and making work happen. People…

Rethinking “Summer” This Year

I’m sure I’m not the only childless adult not in school and who does not work for a school who looks forward to summer. I did, however, spend 19 years in school, so I know a little bit about looking forward to summer break. Summer is still a break in many senses for me. I…

It Was a Mistake Not to Rest After EMDR

EMDR is intense, even when it’s not successful. I know I need to rest for several hours after, but I did not do that this week, choosing to work instead. Bad idea. Three days later, I have a severe anxiety, am feeling overwhelmed, my sleep has been disrupted and my resting heart rate has shot…

Healing Happens as it Happens

If I had been given the choice, I would have hit healing like a crash course, and done it in a day. Healing happens as it happens. It happens when we are ready. It happens as we are able. It does not happen in a straight line. It does not happen in a clear, predictable…

All Else is Failing, So Rest

One of the best things that has come out of my long journey out of numbing is that I am so much more aware of how I feel and when I need to make rest a priority. I often don’t, and that is still a challenge to work on, but I can at least recognize…

Girl Without a Tribe

One of the greatest losses I’ve had – in large part due to PTSD – is my loss of tribe. Because my issues are driving related, getting in the car is a challenge, and I don’t drive unless I have a compelling reason to do so – mostly for work and for networking. I have…