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30 March 2011 @ 03:02 pm
Writer's Block: You're a shining star  
If you could be a guest on any talk show, which would you choose and what would you talk about?

I would be a guest on ANY talk show to spread the word that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a normal reaction to war and other traumatic events, that the symptoms grow out of survival skills built into your brain, that PTSD is proof of survival, not weak or weird, and that you get it because you are a human being who has been through hell.
I would also talk about how to find what helps you, as an individual, recover, and that if you find a therapy that helps and with a further trauma you get the symptoms back, don't think you are too screwed up to be helped, instead go back and do some more of that therapy or try a new one (they are being developed all the time).
i would also say that we do not know if it is a lifelong disease like alcoholism, which needs long term treatment, or if some of the newer promising "evidence based" treatments actually do cure it as claimed, because there are no 20 to 40 year follow-ups... a 12 month or two year follow up is inadequate to prove cure, but if you are not 'cured' going back and getting more therapy will probably help.
Then I would talk about each symptom, what it does for you at the time of the trauma, what it may do to you later, How that may be perceived by your family, and things that may help with the symptom.
i would talk about the treatments I have heard about which I think would help and how any treatment can be ineffective if applied by someone who doesn't care, so find someone who does care!
I could fill a day with stuff about PTSD and recovery and I have a blog on it at patiencemason.blogspot.com, and a lot of free handouts at patiencepress.com and a facebook page, Patience H C Mason Author.