Welcome to Sips of Sanity for the month of July! Karen and Kelly are discussing a very important topic that is affecting our entire planet in many different ways and that is PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The intention for this mini series is to draw greater awareness not just to the effects of PTSD, but to the process itself so that individuals are better able to identify those events in their lives that generate the unwanted physiological and emotional responses PTSD is responsible for. This process is what allows people to care for themselves properly and seek the proper help from qualified professionals.
While PTSD is largely associate with military experience, Karen and Kelly are utilizing episode three to illustrate the ways in which our day-to-day relationships can cause and trigger PTSD symptoms. The traumatic event(s) may be physical or verbal abuse and an important thing to note is that they are both capable of causing equal amounts of destruction in our lives. We cope by protecting ourselves in a multitude of ways that may serve us at the time of abuse, but many of those protective mechanisms we develop become second nature to us and no longer serve us in the relationships of our present. They can prevent us from properly understanding events and healing from them and they create the risk in our lives that we may be inadvertently perpetuating our PTSD cycle of symptoms.
Based on a non-linear idea that our behaviours are preceded by emotion, our emotion by events and thoughts and that those thoughts and events can affect and be affected by a fundamental belief system (see illustration below), Karen and Kelly are simply and slowly dissecting this process so that listeners can identify themselves as this process relates to them and begin to choose how they move forward in their own journey of healing.
If you have questions or comments about today’s show you can email Karen and Kelly at email@example.com. Enjoy!