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Waking Up Has Become the Enemy

I’ve heard “positive vibes” statements that go something along the lines of, “Every day you wake up is a good day.” I disagree, because PTSD causes my waking up to sometimes be horrifyingly bad. I tend to go through about three different sleep cycles, depending on my stress levels, how we’ll I’m managing symptoms and…

“Just Breathe”, But You Can’t

Just: Breathe Calm down Don’t worry about it Don’t let it bother you Smile Think positive Have a better attitude Think about something else Don’t be so negative Try harder Be grateful that —. Those words are so dismissive of the experience of people with PTSD. And we know. We know those things. We’d like…

I Kind of Sucked This Week

I’m saying this kindly, but I sucked. Not my week sucked, although by extension that is also true, but I sucked. Work is still going well, I’ve pushed out some big documents this week and clients are happy and I’m still working on the stuff I haven’t been able to get to for the last…

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…

Working with PTSD: Why a Schedule Matters

Getting myself on a schedule was a challenge last year. I like to wake up naturally, and sometimes that’s my only option, because when my brain wants sleep, it will sleep. I’ve found that having a schedule that mixes external obligations with internal goals is working for me this month. Yesterday I was feeling really…