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Currently, everywhere we look we see posts on terrorism, bombings, stabbings, ISIS….

Our minds go to all of those suffering from the pain caused by such terrible incidents.  It’s easy to immediately think negatively on where this world is going and how we are going to survive. Today we saw a glimmer of hope with the article by David Brooks in the New York Times on post-traumatic growth and how resilient our minds can be. Read more in the link below:

Tales of the Super Survivors




Americans love any chance to celebrate, throw a party or a parade. But, on Memorial Day (and the weekend), we should take a moment to pause, remember and appreciate all of the soldiers who have fought for our freedom and aren’t here to celebrate with us.

“I have friends buried in a small corner of a rolling green field just down the road from the Pentagon. They’re permanently assigned to Section 60. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s 14 acres in the southeast corner of Arlington National Cemetery that serves as a burial ground for many military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are fresh graves there.

I spent my formative years in combat boots and all of my friends are in the military, were in the military, or married into the military. I have several friends buried at Arlington, and know of dozens more men and women interred in that hallowed ground.”

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I’m a veteran, and I hate ‘Happy Memorial Day’. Here’s Why.


After surviving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez was set on accomplishing his goal and keeping his promise made to a fellow soldier who died in combat. Even while suffering from post-traumatic stress, Rodriguez shifted his focus to his goal for after war: playing for a Division I football program. See the interview here:



I wrote this entry with the community at in mind, yet it applies to everyone.

Confidence is not an illusion, but a realization. One must understand their true beauty and importance, which isn’t always easy to do.

With the way society is today, many people are conditioned to think that they’re not important or that their unique thoughts, characteristics, and traits are not important. This leads to insecurity, timidity, and ultimately hinders one’s ability to share their beauty with the world.

Think about all of the people that our society truly lauds – these people are usually confident human beings. Why are they confident? Because they realize their true beauty and a lot of that realization comes from someone in their lives encouraging them, noticing them, appreciating them, and telling them that they are beautiful and important.

The people we appreciate and put on pedestals are no more important or beautiful than any one person in the world – the difference is that at some point they came to that realization and gained enough confidence to show themselves to the world.

Imagine if you and I took the extra second to appreciate each other and point out the good stuff.

How can you help change the world? Sounds crazy right? It’s not. In fact, it’s simple. You can encourage others and show them you appreciate them for who they are and what they think. We are all so special and if we took a bit more time appreciating, not only with the younger people in our lives, but all of the people we come across, we can change the climate of society.

We can help each other gain confidence in ourselves and ultimately be our beautiful selves.

It starts with you and me. Tell the people in your life how much you appreciate them today. Tell them why they’re important and why they’re special. You won’t regret it and neither will they.




“Those who experience traumatic health events, along with those who are suffering from ongoing health issues are often affected by PTSD.”  — PTSD United Staff


A new study found that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 23 percent of stroke survivors.

The research was published online Wednesday in the journal PLOS One.  According to the study, 11 percent of stroke victims surveyed more than a year after the event experienced PTSD…

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Great piece about being on the lookout for PTSD symptoms before it is too late.  Our country is losing an alarming 22 veterans a day to suicide, and often times this is associated with PTSD symptoms.  PTSD has been called many things over the years such as Battle Fatigue, Shell Shock, and Soldiers Heart, among others.  However, no matter the name, we need to be diligent in looking out for symptoms in not only our veterans, but others who are at risk as well.  — PTSD United Staff



PTSD: Supporting Our Troops Means Being On the Lookout For Symptoms, by Michael Cain

Despite the fact that we’re still fighting a war in Afghanistan, we’re presently losing more of our military to suicide than to combat. Among military veterans, we’re losing 22 a day to suicide. There are many reasons a person might choose to take their own life, but one I’d like to focus on is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, often referred to as PTSD. For the past five years I have volunteered at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, teaching soldiers how to use journaling as a tool to manage PTSD symptoms.

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It’s not only those dealing with PTSD on a daily basis that can benefit from stress management techniques and other PTSD treatments…even daily chronic stressors, while not nearly as significant as the trauma’s that can lead to PTSD, can have long term consequences if not addressed. — PTSD United Staff

3 Lessons PTSD Treatment Teaches About Stress Management

Even if our lives are trauma free, we all need ways to better manage stress
Published on May 29, 2013 by Julian Ford, Ph.D. in Hijacked by Your Brain
“….PTSD begins as an adaptive reaction to life threatening or horrifying stressors. PTSD’s symptoms, like disturbing memories and flashbacks,sleep and memory problems, and feeling so emotionally on edge or shut-down that we find ourselves avoiding people or activities that used to be pleasurable, are classic stress reactions. They are absolutely normal when our survival is threatened, because they are the result of calls from our brain’s alarm to put everything else aside and mobilize our body to deal with the threats or dangers facing us.”



A very interesting article on a unique way some PTSD sufferers are finding relief.  Maybe the comfort of a weighted blanket takes us back to a simpler time… — PTSD United Staff

Simple relief available for patients with cancer and heart-disease, victims of cyber-bullying and violence, and those experiencing anxieties and insomnia

“AUSTIN, Texas, May 29, 2013 — /PRNewswire-iReach/ — PTSD affects an estimated 5.2 million people each year according to the National Center for PTSD. As many as 7-8% of the US population will have PTSD sometime during their lives. While most people associate PTSD as a combat soldier’s affliction, it affects millions of others throughout the country, requiring long-term and sometimes costly medical care and drug therapies. But surprisingly, there is a simple therapy that has shown to provide some interim relief: having just the right blanket…”

Please visit the link below to learn more. 


The link between PTSD and lack of sleep has always been something sufferers are very aware of in their daily lives.  However, even more interesting information is coming out that links this poor sleep to increased risk on further incidents in those that have suffered heart attacks. — PTSD United Staff


Brett Smith for – Your Universe Online

A new study from researchers at Yale and Columbia suggests that a lack of sleep after suffering a heart attack could be due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The study, which was published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine, builds on previous evidence suggesting that heart attack survivors with PTSD have twice the risk of having another cardiac episode or of dying within one to three years, compared to those patients without PTSD.