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The Fear Goes Far Beyond Myself

Living with PTSD, I frequently experience intrusive thoughts of disaster, death and injury to myself. I can be sitting quietly and comfortably at home and thoughts of accidental harm and injury can race through my mind, completely unwanted – and to those who don’t live with it, completely unwarranted. “Just don’t think about it” or…

I Just Got Professionally Corrected

I was rolling into the end of the work week when I got an email notifying me that I had made an error in a presentation that had been published in a news article. I had both misidentified a building and had an incorrect date for a photo. Both were honest mistakes, and there are…

I Tried Saying Yes

In my ongoing efforts to push back against PTSD symptoms, I decided to say yes to everything this weekend. I didn’t die, I’m not freaked out and refusing to leave my house ever again and I had a pretty good time. Who knew? I said yes to things that required me to drive, even though…

“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…

Working with PTSD: Networking

I would much rather sit in my work cave, at my desk, being left alone while I turn out work for my clients and get them what they need. That, however, is not going to get me where I want to be, and I need to get back into the practice of networking, which is,…