PTSD in Our World

 

Thank you for visiting! I started this blog for one specific reason, because I feel there is a lack of training and education regarding how we deal with trauma in the First Responder and military world.  The Veteran’s Administration is taking great strides to help our country;s military heroes. Sometimes getting to that help is the biggest challenge.

I am not a doctor, therapist, just a friend to those who deal with demons.  The caption above is a manuscript that I wrote.  It is currently being edited and will eventually be available.  It is not a self-help book, nor will it fix your problems, but it will tell you a story.  It may help you identify things in your life and take a look at how they have and are affecting you.  Take the time to listen to your family and co-workers.  Listen to what they say about you, and how you may have possibly changed.  These observations are not always criticism, but accurate descriptions of your personality.

23 years seems like a long time, but in fact, I learn something new every day.  I intend on learning a great deal more.  I am nowhere near retirement, but have developed a passion for getting my story out there in the hopes it may help just one person relate. We lose too many great people because we have not paid enough attention to what is right in front of us.  Maybe we are too busy dealing with others, but to be the best we can be, we need to take care of ourselves. P.T.S.D. and it’s symptoms do not discriminate nor does it have any type of border.  It can affect the nurse in Berlin, and the beat cop in the Bronx.

Lastly, I think these professions have come a long way regarding this topic, yet we have a long ways left to go.  We are provided numbers and acronyms of organizations to get help.  I do not feel that is enough.  Our training needs blocks of instruction on how to identify within ourselves the changes that are consistent with P.T.S.D and it’s symptoms.  No longer can there be a stigma for seeking help.  We are warriors, and sometimes our greatest battle is within ourselves.

No matter who you are or where you come from, I invite you to contact me and share your stories, good, bad, or even funny.   Thank you so much for taking the time.  It is the first step of a tall ladder.  Stay safe and thank you for your service.

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