Ptsd

7/7 When The Dust Doesn't Settle

Rev Will Van Der Hart | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK
Rev Will Van Der Hart

When 10 years later you still feel like you have dropped your keys down the drain, redemption is a bit more mysterious. I don't find comfort in the comparison between what was and what is, but in the presence of One who shares in our suffering and offers us hope.

PTSD Explained, Ten Years After 7/7

Professor Neil Greenberg | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK
Professor Neil Greenberg

Whilst the London Bombings occurred 10 years ago this month, one only has to look at the cascade of news reports of traumatic events in the UK, and further afield, which affect people from all nations. For those who are affected by PTSD, or indeed by other mental health disorders related to traumatic exposure such as clinical depression, specific phobia or substance misuse, life after traumatic events can be very challenging.

Three Lessons from 15 Operations: Part Two

Michelle Elman | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Elman

Lesson 2: You don't have to be happy all the time and everyone has a right to feel what they damn well want to feel. Excuse my language, but sometimes the middle child needs to make more of a exclamation to be heard.

Post Traumatic Stress and UK Veterans - A Question for All of Us

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

We see every day that a starting point for recovery is contact with other veterans. This rarely quiet and often laughing band of brothers is the key to initial success. Later must come the move to a civilian identity, but the key is to find a civilian identity that is larger than, but includes, a veteran identity.

Four Lessons I Learnt From Therapy

Michelle Elman | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Elman

I have enormous respect for anyone that goes to therapy and extending that, anyone who walks into my office. To walk into a therapist's office (or in my case, a coach's office) admitting you need help and wanting to change is, in my eyes, admirable. In addition to that, to keep going to therapy is hard.

Questions of War

William Shield | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
William Shield

In 2009 I did my first tour of Afghanistan. I was based out of Kandahar airfield as part as RBGS (regional battle group south). This meant, that for the southern region we were available to anyone that needed help on an operation...

Trigger Warnings: We Must Not Be Too Quick on the Trigger

James Snell | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
James Snell

Four salient reasons to resist the rise of trigger warnings in higher education and general usage. For the sake of resisting censorship by stealth, for the sake of artistic integrity, for the sake of maintaining serious intellectual openness in higher education, and for the sake of those suffering from trauma themselves, I beg you - don't get too trigger-happy.

My Story - Living With PTSD

Imogen Groome | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

I've discovered that I don't have to let my past trauma define me - it still affects me a little bit from time to time, but I'm confident that those feelings will soon fade away. For any of you out there who have suffered, or are suffering, from PTSD - you are not alone. You can be helped. And it will get better.

A Goat, PTSD and Me

William Shield | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

When I sat there comforting the goat, watching it painfully die I looked into it's eyes. The goats eyes met mine for the briefest of moments and I felt a wave of emotion. Emotions I hadn't felt since August 2012. I guess you could say I had a flashback.

When the Firing Stops - How I Pressed Play on Life Again

Sean Percival-Scott | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Sean Percival-Scott

PTSD is a silent disorder that might not surface on day one or even day one hundred of their leave. And for soldiers leaving the service, like I did, we should remember their homecoming will take on an extra significance... Finding a new identity on Civvy Street can in its own way be just as much of a challenge as being on tour.

My Trauma - Their War

William Shield | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Trauma is not as black and white as people think. I will fight to the death against being categorised or labelled, I am suffering from something. Whatever it is it's greyer than a British summer, there is no black and white.

Non American Critic Sniper

William Shield | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK
William Shield

American Sniper is factually based, you can compare real life to anything. Why compare it to a badly made film by (a fictional) Hitler's propaganda ministry?

Articulating the Impossible

William Shield | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
William Shield

You're locked in a forever war the moment you first witness it, the moment you pull the trigger, hear the sounds, and witness the chaos. You're forever in conflict, the saddest part is the enemy is the only enemy you can't defeat - yourself.

First Post

William Shield | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Now. What to talk about? There's a lot going on up there in the messy closet of my mind. Should I be bitter? Should I be kind? Should I talk about war, love, life, and people? I want to express myself in the most inappropriate and offensive way, because now, I can.

Mental Health Education in School Is a MUST Today

Mark Williams | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Williams

As we know the stigma and lack of education about mental health is better today than it was ten years ago. We still need to educate the next generation in all aspects of mental health to stamp it out for good.

We're So Connected Nowadays. Or Are We?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

As we sat in the middle of our mats, eyes closed, James asked us to picture our 7 year old selves sitting in front of us. And as we breathed our ujjayi breath (ocean breathing) with mouths open, each of us looked into the quizzical face of our 7 year old selves as they looked back and asked, 'How are we doing? How are we doing as an adult?'

Reflections on Birth Trauma

Natasha Batsford | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

Like many others that leave women suffering from Birth Trauma, it was a birth that medical professionals would consider to be "successful". After all, both he and I left for home in good physical health. So what was the problem? Did I expect too much from childbirth?

Family and Friends vs The Fug

Pam Warren | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

I made a promise to myself while recovering from my injuries to always put family and friends needs before anything else. In the ensuing years I have managed to keep this promise. What I could not foresee was how this vow would be tested when I was torn between both family and a friend, at the same time, in the past two months.

Am I Bi-Polar?

Pam Warren | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

"After all this time might I be Bi-Polar rather than still suffering from PTSD?" was the question I posed to Anton Kruger, my psychologist, in March of this year. The reasoning for my question was that it is coming up for 14 years since the train crash which is a significant amount of time. Surely I must be over it by now?

Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

Luke McManus | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

Life was better here, the father explained as we settled ourselves on thin mattresses in their living room. The floor was bare; save for a blue UNHCR straw mat, which formed the centerpiece of the dark room, a memento from the road.

Childhood Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Anne Speckhard | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Speckhard

For parent and child, a cancer diagnosis is a mental shock. And the physical shocks that follow that diagnosis- invasive treatments, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy are also difficult to bear, also potentially traumatising.

Hunted

Laura Lee | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Laura Lee

Like any human being, I watched the documentary Hunted with an open mouth and an increasing horror. I also watched it whilst trying to quieten the several fireworks going off in my head at once. The similarities between homosexuals' rights in Russia and sex workers' rights in the UK/Ireland are breath taking.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Adoptees' Worst Fear Will Likely Come True

Ben Acheson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

What if Valentine's Day, or relationships in general, were a stark reminder of the most painful and distressing events that you ever experienced? What if they triggered a trauma so terrifically challenging that it forever altered your approach to life? Welcome to Valentine's Day, and relationships, for adoptees.

PTSD and the Experience of Witnessing a Helicopter Crash

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Keens-Betts

There was an almighty thud which echoed about the surrounding Alps as the helicopter crashed and snapped in two. Hundreds of skiers stood and watched with wide-eyed horror during the dreadful and eerie silence that followed as though nature, without exception, always proffers its own mark of respect following sudden destruction and death.

Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Growth - a Journey of Personal Innovation and Adventure

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Keens-Betts

My Grandfather tragically lost his friend on the battlefield and suffered from depression for the rest of his life, which rendered him unable to speak for the days surrounding 11 November. My Great Uncle was severely, severely shell shocked and as an additional complication, the PTSD triggered psychotic episodes during which there was an attempt to break into Buckingham Palace.