From Matt: I think this a great read. It's mainly about combat trauma but touches on lots of themes and is easy to read:

"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, Excerpt from "How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield"
 

Click to access a short questionnaire that screens for PTSD:

 
 
 

Click the title for an article about how relationships can be affected by PTSD:

"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, Excerpt from "The Difficulties of Dating When You Have PTSD"
 

Blog by a medical consultant about how PTSD affects the brain:

"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, Excerpt from "How Does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Change the Brain?"

Non-traditional resource for anxiety

https://cbdoilsandedibles.com (I spent some time reviewing this website. It may provide another approach to reducing anxiety, worth discussing with your physician. In my experience, relief can be found sometimes by thinking and looking "outside the box." Here are two references from the website: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22129319, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21238581. If anyone with PTSD has found these products helpful, please email me (mary@allweatherfriend.com). 

 

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