My Healing Process Dealing With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Every since the world began there have been tragedies and wars that have caused what is today referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is common among soldiers who fought in wars to live with this condition. But there is truly no living while being untreated for this condition, it is pure surviving that gets you through the days. There are many casualties from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder every day around the world. I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it nearly took my life. The day I found treatment it was either kill or heal myself. I had an excellent therapist and she utilized every avenue of recovery for me. The main horrifying thing about PTSD is that you have flashbacks. A flashback is not just a memory of an event, it is when your body and mind relive the original traumatizing  event as if it were going on right then. In a Flashback you will feel the emotions you felt, you will see, hear, and even taste the things that happened when the original trauma took place. When PTSD first rears its head in your mind you never know what will trigger a flashback.  Before my healing process had begun housework but especially a sink full of dirty dish water was my main trigger. If I smelled dirty dish water or saw it the flashback would occur taking me back into the state of being a helpless child while being abused. Since I did not comprehend the trauma at the time of the incidences my mind created a warning system that keeps a person with PTSD in a state of  hypervigilance,  always alert to danger or dangerous situations. Noises, smells, seeing particular objects, feeling an emotion you felt at the time of the trauma, and tasting are some of the triggers for most people battling PTSD. There are some triggers that are only attributed to one persons trauma and it can be anything. A friend who has PTSD from combat in the middle east said his trigger was a plane flying overhead. He was laying on the ground readying himself for combat when a jet flew overhead startling him and at the same time insurgents  started firing upon him. Planes flying by him now trigger him to relive that fear and helpless feeling he had while trying to stay alive. He said he could smell the dirt as the bullets hit all around him, smelling dirt then was attached to that memory and also became a trigger. Finding what triggers your flashbacks is a must needs process. Because if he did not know planes were a trigger and lived near an airport he would be in a constant wave of flashbacks. It is hard to know your triggers because as in battle many conflicts arise and some effect you worse than others. Each flashback has it own trigger.  So this was  the first beginnings of my treatment for PTSD was identifying my triggers.  Next time I will discuss grounding techniques that you use at the beginning of a flashback that can lessen the effect a flashback has on you.

About authorjlpitts

J.L. Pitts is a Non-Fiction writer. She blogs about her faith and writes probing articles on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is also a poet. Her newest book was published recently "Scar Wars Forged In Fight" is already stirring the nest in her memoir with a tell-all format. She is writing her third book also a non-fiction work about creating a closer walk with God. She is now a Certified Professional Counselor who specializes in helping clients to become at ease in any social situation. She herself learned these tactics after her own treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder showed her the gap in evolving in a therapeutic setting and evolving in today's society. Horrified by the fact that 22 soldiers diagnosed with PTSD commit suicide every day induced her to start this blog to reach out and connect with anyone dealing with PTSD and needing a hand back into society. As a Certified Group Facilitator she has started a Meetup Group for PTSD and is currently seeking a venue in the Huntsville, Alabama area. She has been sought out by radio talk shows on the internet and people with Podcasts that are booming. She feels younger every day because she stays so active Add to all that she is a Freelance Writer who never misses a deadline. Most of her free time is spent building a website for her career. You can check out the unfinished site at
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