Blogs & Stories

WEBSITES 

AddictionCenter —While not directly related to PTSD, contains many worthwhile short articles on addiction and overdependence  on drugs and alcohol

Center for Mind Body Medicine 

Drug Rehab—Great website if you need information on addiction and substance abuse 

Healing Combat Trauma —Particularly helpful for women but has many links and is packed with information; look at the sidebar for a list of recommended books

"How Does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Change the Brain?by  Brain Blogger, January 24, 2015.

Child abuse. Rape. Sexual assault. Brutal physical attack. Being in a war and witnessing violence, bloodshed, and death from close quarters. Near death experiences. These are extremely traumatic events, and some victims bear the scars for life.
— Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD

National Center for PTSD —US Department of Veterans Affairs

Make the Connection —Website for veterans with video interviews and links

Heal My PTSD —Blog by a trauma survivor who has made a successful career out of helping others with PTSD

Treatment-centers.net (From the website: “Treatment-Centers.net is a public benefit resource website that exists to help addicts, alcoholics, and friends and family members of individuals afflicted with addiction and co-occurring disorders (dual-diagnosis) find the best treatment centers for their needs.” You’ll find useful information, general and specific, on this website.)

Very Well —Many links to articles and information, well-organized

ARTICLES

A Blueprint When Feeling Blue: How A Mental Health Diagnosis Can Be Empowering” By Ashley Santangelo, Jenn Reviews, Fall 2018.

... I had no interest whatsoever in meditation before my anxiety hit its peak in my early twenties. I tried meditation, with some skepticism, after some peers and providers had recommended it to me. Meditation ended up benefiting me so much that I continued to practice for long after my symptoms improved. As a result of practicing meditation, I have become more patient, more present, and more appreciative.
— Ashley Santangelo

"The Difficulties of Dating When You Have PTSD," By Dr. Ari DeLevie, THE GOOD MAN PROJECT, December 20, 2014.

When you suffer from post-war PTSD dating can be challenging. It’s not something you want to advertise on dating sites, or when you see a beautiful woman in a bar. But how can you find connection when you’re caught in this place of emotional paralysis?
— Ari DeLevie

"The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma," by Junot Diaz, The New Yorker, April 16, 2018 (While not directly about PTSD, this article is about the longstanding affects of trauma, in this case childhood sexual abuse; an honest, well-written account that compels a deeper understanding of how difficult it is to recover from severe trauma or at least to make peace with it.)

And yet despite all my healing I still feel that something important, something vital, has eluded me. The impulse to hide, to hold myself apart from my colleagues, from my fellow-writers, from my students, from the circle of life has remained uncannily strong. During the public talks I’ve given at universities and conferences, I’ve sometimes commented on the intergenerational harm that systemic sexual violence has inflicted on African diasporic communities, on my community. But have I ever actually come out and said that I was the victim of sexual violence? I’ve said elusive things here and there but nothing actionable, no definitive statements.
— Junot Diaz

"How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield," by Sebastian Junger, Vanity Fair, June 2015

The first time I experienced what I now understand to be post-traumatic stress disorder, I was in a subway station in New York City, where I live. It was almost a year before the attacks of 9/11, and I’d just come back from two months in Afghanistan with Ahmad Shah Massoud, the leader of the Northern Alliance. I was on assignment to write a profile of Massoud, who fought a desperate resistance against the Taliban until they assassinated him two days before 9/11. At one point during my trip we were on a frontline position that his forces had just taken over from the Taliban, and the inevitable counterattack started with an hour-long rocket barrage. All we could do was curl up in the trenches and hope. I felt deranged for days afterward, as if I’d lived through the end of the world.
— Sebastian Junger

"The Second Rape: Battling PTSD and Betrayal," by Andrea Pino, Huffington Post, January 2014 (What a powerful article, including the disturbing link to Pino's original story. Its message is for anyone who has had PTSD symptoms dismissed—by friends, by colleagues, and by people in positions of authority. Carolina was my undergraduate alma mater. How I hope things have changed. If so, it is due to those who had the courage to speak up.)  

I have PTSD from being raped, harassed, and betrayed by the very “heroes” I admired during my first days on my campus. I have PTSD from being told that my headaches, body aches, and fears were “irrational” and “unprofessional.” I have PTSD from being made to feel that my disability rendered me worthless, and that my actions and decisions — regardless of being up to par with others — were “clouded” by my rape. I have PTSD from hearing more than 100 stories of the same, sickening abuse and blatant apathy — holding dozens of survivors; talking dozens away from suicide; hearing every story echo the same pattern of violence and betrayal.

When I was asked how I have PTSD if I’m not a solider, I sank in my chair, ashamed and guilty for claiming a disability that plagued so many of our veterans. But, when I read MST survivor Jennifer Norris’s blog, the veteran’s words sounded much too familiar:

’In the end, I realized that the original oppression AND retaliation for reporting those violent crimes is what truly damaged me. I was completely taken by surprise. I had no idea that I would ever be scorned and accused of causing a criminal to ‘lose their job’. I just assumed that I would be believed and taken care of. Boy was I wrong.’”

Every person that has PTSD is currently fighting a battle — an invisible war that plagues each of us equally, regardless of the traumas that brought us to the battlefield....
— Andrea Pino

"What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?" by Robert F. Worth, The New York Times Magazine, June 10, 2016 (This article is about traumatic brain injury caused by exposure to explosions. It made me think and to realize in a more visceral way what our soldiers go through in protecting human rights. Read it and you'll have a sense—but only a sense—of what it is to live through an explosion.)

... As in World War I, the men often suffered from striking mental impairments but few visible wounds. Cernak, whose colleagues call her Ibi, has an appealing blend of briskness and warmth, along with a clinician’s conviction that you must listen to your patients. It is easy to imagine her running around the battlefields of Bosnia and Serbia, collecting blood samples from soldiers. That is what she did for several years, at no small risk to her life, for a study cataloging the neurological effects of blast on 1,300 recruits. ‘The blast covers the entire body,’ she told me. ‘It has a squeezing effect. Ask soldiers what they felt: The first thing they say is that their ears were popped out, they were gasping for air, like some huge fist is squeezing them. The entire body is involved in that interaction....’
— Robert F. Worth, writing about researcher Ibolja Cernak
 

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Non-traditional resource for anxiety

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