facts about PTSD

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is NOT a mental illness. - it is a psychological injury. 

how does your brain change with ptsd ? 

hippocampus shrinks 

this area helps us distinguish past and present memories. 

increased activity in the amygdala   

helps us process emotions and is also linked to fear responses. 

ventromedial prefrontal cortex shrinks

this region regulates negative emotions that occur when confrontation with specific stimuli. 

these changes in the brain chemistry are the reasons why only treatments such as EMDR and CBT can fully reverse the effects of PTSD . 

(information to follow about these therapies.)

I just finished watching the movie Man Down. Upon reading the plot summary which stated that it was about a man searching for his son in a post-apocalyptic America, I didn’t expect it to amount to much other than being a cheesy action movie. Boy was I wrong! This movie takes an in depth look at an extreme PTSD case that can occur at the cost of war. Please, watch this movie.

So I had to pick my boyfriend up from the hospital at 6 am , he won’t even look at me , he is so ashamed of himself , he had a break down last night he struggles from PTSD and Schizophrenia so sometimes he is more than an headful to deal with , but I love him so much and I want him to know he isnt alone in his struggles, if you have a love one who struggles with a mental illness , please let them know they are not alone because even just those small words can make a huge difference in someone’s life

cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.

Trauma-focused CBT uses a range of psychological treatment techniques to help you come to terms with the traumatic event.

For example, your therapist may ask you to confront your traumatic memories by thinking about your experience in detail. During this process your therapist helps you cope with any distress you feel, while identifying any unhelpful thoughts or misrepresentations you have about the experience.

Your therapist can help you gain control of your fear and distress by changing the negative way you think about your experience. For example, feeling you’re to blame for what happened or fear that it may happen again.

You may also be encouraged to gradually restart any activities you’ve avoided since your experience, such as driving a car if you had an accident.

You’ll usually have 8-12 weekly sessions of trauma-focused CBT, although fewer may be needed. Sessions usually last for around 60-90 minutes.

So since I’ve seen quite a few PTSD fics circulate around this community, I thought I would share some of my tips for writing it realistically, as someone who has it.

-Not every time the thing comes up do you get triggered into flashbacks. It can be random and it can even sneak up on you.

-Not all flashbacks are visual, shower-floor, crying flashbacks. Those exist. But more often, a flashback is more like an emotional flashback–you feel like you did when the thing was happening. And your brain tells you it’s about to happen again even when that doesn’t make much sense, and that’s what sets off the panic reaction.

-We all have a version of the story we can tell without panicking. Usually very bare-bones, sometimes morbidly funny, sprinkled with inappropriate jokes about dying and dismemberment. 

-Sometimes watching someone else have a panic attack from PTSD can set us off into our own. 

-There are oftentimes genres of shows we can’t watch because they remind us of our trauma.

-Many times, the attack manifests itself more aggressively than a regular panic attack from a person with GAD or depression. This is because we’re reacting to a specific stressor. They can be very combative, or they can be VERY defensive (mine are always defensive. I get quiet, I feel nauseated, I hide without thinking about it.) 

This has been PTSD awareness with Taylor Tut. Have a great day, y’all!

post traumatic stress disorder is a normal reaction to extreme trauma. just like bleeding is a normal reaction to getting stabbed.
—  unknown

Day 5: Are there any books, movies, games, etc. that have changed how you view yourself / your trauma?

Oh boy… I have a few, but I’m going to focus on a character of a childhood series. 

Raven from teen titans animated series Some spoilers

Originally posted by teentitanz

I met her in that show, but the character itself inspires me.

Why? Nobody asked. Well, because she has challenged every expectation about her.

She is the daughter of a very powerful demon, and even if the story of her childhood varies, the thing that stays in common: she is not only unwanted but the destruction of the world. 

I'm going to focus more on the animated series because I grew up with that, and re-watching again now has been an awesome experience. 

She is by far the most powerful titan and seems very emotionless at first. But is revealed that she has to be like that to stay under control. When the time comes, the destruction of the world, she doesn’t want to do it. Even being half-demon she displayed heroic acts. And when she finally became the portal, she didn’t give up, leaving her friends a tiny way to fight. 

And her friends didn’t stop believing in her, and they were right. She confronted her father and restored the world, saving everyone! 

I want to be like her, I want to break every expectative that’s on me. I want to prove to myself that, like this badass girl, your past and where you came from doesn't define who you are.

tagging @officialravendc bc well, why not? :P

fuck sad melancholic “looking out to the sunset crying while clutching her blue crown of roses” Lyanna tho.

gimme angry, resentful, exasperated, unkept, regretful, PTSD, judging, self hating “aware of how much everything has fucked up but resolute to make things right for the baby” Lyanna.

this is the woman who saw a man be bullied and put on armor to fucking avenge him and humilliate his tormentors, you think she gets locked in a tower and stays all sad, combing her hair everyday putting on her crown of roses waiting for Rhaegar? fuck that. She sassed her “guardians”, she didn’t bother with blue dresses if she was locked up she was gonna be comfortable, she cursed her thoughtlessnes (and Rhaegar’s). She promised to her belly she would do right and mend stuff. She would justify herself saying the sexist society left her no choice then berate herself and frown all day at all she caused.

I get it, she died in childbirth locked up, it was tragic and sad. That’s her story but not HER. That’s not Lyanna “a touch of the wolfblood” Stark. Do her right, please.

Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it through hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.
—  Lori Goodwin
June is PTSD Awareness Month

so just a heads up:

I am currently, and am going to be until this awareness month ends, talking and posting as much as I can about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, how it works, how it affects day to day life, how much it changes you as a person, etc.

However, this is not an open invitation to say things like, “what you went through made you the person you are today!” or any other bright side cliches.

my trauma did not make me a better person.

my trauma did not make me wiser.

my trauma was not a necessary part of ‘building my character’.

my trauma was just that, TRAUMA.

I do not celebrate it, I do not embrace it, and PTSD is not an award I was handed for surviving that trauma.

PTSD is just one more thing I have to SURVIVE through every day, on top of the multiple diseases I already deal with.

I am fairly open about it.
but I am NOT okay with it.