All day long, I worked on my essays for the tutorials today and tomorrow. Thankfully, one is finished and the other coming along. Looking at my work makes me realize that I should consider staying in academia. Although I love writing, research is probably even more exciting for me. After all, one of my 2,000-word essays had 10,000 words of research. Cutting down my material takes up a great deal of my time.
Anyway, the point of my blog today is to give you some uplifting but painfully honest quotes about PTSD. Having mine ratchet up the past few days has made life very stressful. However, I am hanging in there like thousands of other men, women, and children who suffer from this illness do each day. These sayings are intended to help everyone better understand post-traumatic stress disorder and raise awareness about it. Also, it is dedicated to those who struggle with PTSD. There is hope for a safe, joyful future for all of you.
- “When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others. Don’t get mad when someone does that. Be honored. For that person trusted you enough to, even if subtly, ask you for help.” – Author and Iraq veteran Lori Goodwin
- “PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” – Harvard trained psychotherapist and social worker Susan Pease Banitt
- “Often it isn’t the initiating trauma that creates seemingly insurmountable pain, but the lack of support after.” – Gift of the Dreamtime: Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma by author and modern shaman S. Kelley Harrell
- “You can’t patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid.” – The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
- “In talking with people that have experienced it, I learned that PTSD is something that a person in a position of authority sometimes thinks they’re not supposed to have. They don’t always have an avenue to personally address it or even discuss it.” – Actress Stana Katic
- “Trauma does not have to occur by abuse alone.” – The effects of childhood trauma on adult perception and worldview by author, professor, clinician, advocate, and speaker Dr. Asa Don Brown
- “Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived!” – Author Michel Templet
- “It is as though some old part of yourself wakes up in you, terrified, useless in the life you have, its skills and habits destructive but intact, and what is left of the present you, the person you have become, wilts and shrivels in sadness or despair: the person you have become is only a thin shell over this other, more electric and endangered self. The strongest, the least digested parts of your experience can rise up and put you back where you were when they occurred; all the rest of you stands back and weeps.” – The Throat by Peter Straub
- “Some people’s lives seem to flow in a narrative; mine had many stops and starts. That’s what trauma does. It interrupts the plot. You can’t process it because it doesn’t fit with what came before or what comes afterwards.” – Foriegn Policy lecturer and author Jessica Stern
- “The inability to get something out of your head is a signal that shouts, “Don’t forget to deal with this!” As long as you experience fear or pain with a memory or flashback, there is a lie attached that needs to be confronted. In each healing step, there is a truth to be gathered and a lie to discard.” – Advocate and author Christina Enevoldsen
If you have any quotes that you would like to share, please do so in the comments.