Dr. Phil – PTSD

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Dr. Phil – PTSD

Symptoms Of PTSD For Everyday People
http://drphil.com/articles/article/204

PTSD Free Program
http://www.mindbodyseries.com/ptsd1free/

Downloaded PTSD Tool Kit
http://mindbodyplan.com/wellnesscenter/free-ptsd-toolkit/

Four Phases of Recovery PTSD
http://drphil.com/articles/article/713/

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Let It Happen

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Let It Happen

Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future.
If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay.
Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously.
Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.
by
Thich Nhat Hanh

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
by Og Mandino

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now.
It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future.
The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.
by
Sai Baba

Wherever you are, be there totally.

If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options:
remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one
of those three options, and you must choose now.
Then accept the consequences.

by Eckhart Tolle

Change your life today.
Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
by
Simone de Beauvoir

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Love Can Not Be Replaced

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Love Can Not Be Replaced

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
by Leo F. Buscaglia

Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what
they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.
by Wayne Dyer

The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain.
When you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself.
by Deepak Chopra

Happiness comes from within.
It is not dependent on external things or on other people.
You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security
and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people.
Never give your power to anyone else.
by Brian L. Weiss

You are ready for a change.
Just start.
Do something to start the change.
Don’t worry about if you are making a correct decision.
It doesn’t have to be a correct decision.
Once you take the initial step (right or wrong) you will be guided.
The correct decisions will come to you.
But not until you take that first step. Just start.

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Do not react to your feelings…

Do not react to your feelings… create with them.

Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people to come alive.
by Howard Thurman

Instead of thinking it will be hard.
Start thinking it will be easy.  Try it.
You might be surprised.

You know what you need to do.
Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you.

Once you truly make up your mind to do something
the universe instantly sets things in motion to help you.

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The Mind Can Be A Gold Or Death Mine

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The Mind Can Be A Gold Or Death Mine

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear
is taking the risk to be alive  and express what we really are.
by Miguel Angel Ruiz

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love;
it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.
by Steve Maraboli

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
by Gandhi

Live authentically.
Live your truth.
And if you love me for anything,
love me because I live mine.
by Neale Donald Walsch

The universe will give you signs to point you in the right direction.

Look for them.

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Give Your Self Time

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Give Your Self Time

The only thing holding you back is yourself.

Do not react to your feelings… create with them.

Learn from the things that irritate and aggravate you the most.  They are there for a reason.

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.
To not be like your parents.
To not be like your friends.
To be yourself.
To cut yourself out of stone.
by Henry Rollins

You may be surprised at how many good things or people you have let slip
through your life because you chose to see things in a negative way.

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Blessings

Blessings

Do you consider yourself a blessing or just another person?
by Jonathan Anthony Burkett

Blessings sometimes show up in unrecognizable disguises.
by Janette Oke

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments;
but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in proper figures.
by Joseph Addison

Any adversity you endure is merely the setting of the scene for all your blessings to play out.
by Anon

No matter what excuses your mind is giving you,
there is no better time to start than right now.  Today.

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Love and Miracles Are One

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Love and Miracles Are One!

Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain,
surround us on every hand:  life itself is the miracle of miracles.
by George Bernard Shaw

You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.
by Shannon Adler

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes form love is a miracle.
by Marianne Williamson

Don’t believe in miracles – depend on them.
by Laurence J. Peter

For those who are willing to make an effort miracles
and wonderful treasures are in store.
by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Nothing Can Bring You Peace But Yourself

Nothing Can Bring You Peace But Yourself!

Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache:
You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.
by Ajahn Chah

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
by Buddha

Do not confuse peace of mind with spaced-out insensitivity.
A truly peaceful mind is very sensitive, very aware.
by Tenzin Gyatso

Two things rob people of their peace of mind :
work unfinished and work not yet begun.

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PTSD Complexities and Awareness

PTSD Complexities and Awareness

Try Something New

Marijuana Hope For PTSD

https://www.facebook.com/heytommychong/videos/1253183061363471/

The PTSD Solution: New Hope Through Brain Plasticity

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/redefining-stress/200902/the-ptsd-solution-new-hope-through-brain-plasticity

Patrick Stewart Knows PTSD

http://www.upworthy.com/his-father-was-an-abuser-now-that-patrick-stewart-knows-ptsd-was-a-factor-he-has-a-message

Black Women Un-Diagnosed PTSD

http://blackdoctor.org/457086/ptsd-and-african-american-women/

What Does The Bible Say About PTSD

http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-PTSD.html

Alienated Society Induces PTSD

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/05/ptsd-war-home-sebastian-junger

Black Women Invisible Crisis

http://www.essence.com/2014/09/05/propublica-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/

God and PTSD

http://www.committedtofreedom.org/2012/08/23/god-and-ptsd/#comment-102988

How PTSD Became A Problem Far Beyond The Battlefield

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/05/ptsd-war-home-sebastian-junger

Cancer-Related PTS Similar To PTSD

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/survivorship/new-normal/ptsd-pdq

Natural Way To Cope With PTSD

http://www.faithtap.com/4879/veterans-with-ptsd-heal-through-wolf-therapy/

Veterans Heal Through Wolf Therapy

https://www.facebook.com/RYOT/videos/1241047579242204/?fref=nf

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Before and After Being A Soldier

PTSD Before and After War

I am from Akron, Ohio.  Our local town newspaper is the Akron Beacon Journal.  I am proud to say they accepted my book for review.  What they shared about my book was shocking because no where was spirituality shared.  This allowed the raw and real realities of my life to be shared.  I appreciate the Akron Beacon journal for sharing what the world the truth about the ugliness of being victimized early in life.  PTSD is a reality that does not have to be a life-sentence.  I am a living witness, life can and will be grand when you understand your total being.  Soldier With A Backpack Living And Dying Simultaneously is a tool to enlightenment when you are ready.

Soldier with a Backpack: Linda Diane Wattley didn’t see armed conflict when she served in the U.S. Army after graduating from South High School, but she had seen enough in her life before her enlistment to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. She tells her story in Soldier with a Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously.

Wattley recalls being about 4 years old the first time her father raped her. Her parents got into physical battles, and her father took up with a woman who also fought with him, once pouring boiling water on him. Wattley and her brothers were shoved back and forth between the two women; her mother had turned to drinking. There were two devastating deaths in a brief time.

Wattley turned to sex and marijuana while in the Army, which she called a “permanent party.” She was dating a man who she describes as controlling and aggressive; another man who had been friendly with her said “You know you don’t have to take that.” She took his counsel and left her boyfriend, later marrying the better man. They had a happy marriage and two sons, but the heartache was not over.

She began researching PTSD after her son’s return from two tours in Iraq. Despite her father’s actions, she says “our relationship was solid;” she shows forgiveness for other family members who have broken her trust and injured her.

Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously (After The Storm Publishing Presents) by Linda Diane Wattley

Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the hidden love killer, is instrumental in creating a world of alienation in the human experience.

Soldier with a Backpack, Living and Dying Simultaneously is written to form a silent unity of hope and understanding for individuals experiencing or knowing someone with PTSD and to reveal a needed truth about it.

Linda D. Wattley grew up with a tainted trust in adults, now that she has become one herself; Author Wattley began to learn why adults were so unhappy. She realized that stress and trauma had molded her into someone who felt unworthy of love, yet there was still something else willing her to life, telling her to share with the world that sufferers of PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are more than words could ever describe.

Author Wattley shares the experienced impact stress and trauma has on the human soul and the price we pay ignoring this reality. It is with great urgency she intimately shares her plight in life with her readers. Being mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically raped as a child, she survived by learning to exist in an inner world of divine peace.

Something happened to that little girl; she didn’t die nor did she live, yet much was lost while much was gained.

Book Review: Author Linda Diane Wattley’s memoir ‘Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously’ is packed with nuggets of pure truth meant to expose the evil that was meant to destroy her, show God’s greatness and attest to her healing from PTSD. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put her story down. I especially love memoirs, because it takes a special kind of strength to write a memory and share raw emotion and experience with the world.

If you enjoy reading memoirs that are a journey from hell into healing with ordained, anointed prayer behind the words to encourage others along their journey, this book is a must read.

Linda says, “Out of trauma, much drama occurs. Trauma has so many levels of appearing in our lives from the war zones where our soldiers witness death and the survival of death, vehicular accidents, murders, catastrophic disasters, illnesses, rape, sudden deaths of our loved ones; the list is unending.”

“Cycles can be broken when light is shined on reality. This is my purpose to shine light on the personal aftermath of trauma. ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ John 8:13.”

Follow Linda through her life, learn from her healing and willingness to share what most people would hide in the darkness. Enjoy the short, direct poems scattered throughout the book and learn how Linda activated the love of God in her life, so she can be a beacon of light (“messenger”) to those seeking healing form PTSD.

I (Theodocia McLean) endorses Soldier With A Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously (After The Storm Publishing Presents) by Linda Diane Wattley as her memoir from darkness into light.  I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle format. The review was completed on January 30, 2016.

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Stress Can Destroy

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Stress Can Destroy

Stress can destroy much more than just our physical health.
Too Often, it eats away at our hope, belief, and faith.
by Charles Glassman

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Favorite Movie With Main Character With PTSD

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I really loved this movie because though the main character had PTSD
he was well disciplined and able to focus on priorities.

A must watch because you will see we function
very well and accomplish great things.

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This Is Your Time

This Is Your Time

Live your life doing what you love.

No matter what your age you can always be young at heart.

Always continue to look higher.  Life’s possibilities are endless.

It is your right to live life abundantly and be sure you do it with integrity.

This is your story to write.  Write it with love and it will be amazing.

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This Is Your Moment

This Is Your Moment

Treat every moment of you life as the most exciting time.

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions,
that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
by Alan Watts

 You are the creator of this very moment.
You have the potential and power right now to do what you want to do.
Breathe in this moment.

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Every Moment You Choose Fear Is A Moment Lost

Will You Choose Fear?

Accepting our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay.
Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously.
Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.
by
Thich Nhat Hanh

Always do your best.
What you plant now, you will harvest later.
by
Og Mandino

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now.
It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future.
The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.
by
Sai Baba

Wherever you are, be there totally.
If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options:
remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options,
and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.
by
Eckhart Tolle

Change your life today.
Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
by
Simone de Beauvoir

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Born To Give

Born To Give

Everyone has a present to give to the world but many go unopened.
Please make sure you give your gift.

Don’t let them make the decision for you.
They can’t see it from your point of view.

Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving,
and compassionate always, in all places, and under all conditions with everyone as well as yourself.
This is the greatest gift anyone can give.
by David R. Hawkins

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Stress Damages

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After all is said and done.

It is what we do with our feelings that determines damage or no damage.

Stress does not own us unless we purchase it for keeps.

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Weapon Against Stress

Weapon Against Stress

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
by William James

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If The Universe Has Given You The Passion To Want To Do Something…

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If The Universe Has Given You The Passion To Want To Do Something…

If the universe has given you the passion to want to do something,
then be 100% assured it will give you the ability as well.

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue.
Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge.
Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time.
It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.
by Deepak Chopra

Once you believe in yourself and see your soul as divine and precious,
you’ll automatically be converted to a being  who can create a miracle.
by Wayne Dyer

Change is often hard because it actually causes your body to go into a state of chemical imbalance.
This feels uncomfortable. Most prefer to avoid the change and return the body to a state of balance and return to a comfortable feeling.
They can’t get past the short term discomfort to gain the long term benefits.

Money is no where near the key to happiness but anyone who says it doesn’t make life easier
has either never had money or had money all their life and doesn’t know the difference.

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Isn’t Life Grand

ISN’T LIFE GRAND!

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
By Chief Tecumseh

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when
we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out
of the ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
By M. Scott Peck

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another,
“What! You too?  I thought I was the only one?”
By C.S. Lewis

So divinely is the world organized that every one of us,
in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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You

You!

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
By Eddie Rickenbacker

Chance is always powerful.
Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
By Ovid

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
By Margaret Mead

There is no one without a divine purpose; many will not accept it.
Let that not be you.
By Linda Wattley

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America Breeds PTSD

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America Breeds PTSD

Would you believe this was basic training?  Here I am nineteen years old, a freshly graduated student from high school who chose to join the United States Army Corp.  How do a young lady end up in the Army?  I ended up there happily because it gave me hope for having control of my life.

I didn’t know at the time I had PTSD.  I knew there was something going on with me because I just could not relate to the realities adults introduced me to.  I never felt comfortable among my own people.  Yet, when I joined the U.S. Army, I felt comfortable with my fellow comrades.  I’ve often heard soldiers who have returned from war missed being there because there was something special there for them.  Their comrades were their family.  They were never alone.  For sure you felt safe knowing someone had your back even though the enemy was near.

This is what is missing in America, we have no comradeship.  We are at war with no uniforms.  Soldiers returning home have difficulty healing from war because of the lack of love and care they experience when entering here.  Here there is so much negativity and hopelessness.  People killed and victimized on a daily basis.  It is more dangerous here for soldiers than foreign countries because the enemies here are killing innocent people because of what is going on inside of them.  You can’t get a grip on this reality because people are in denial of it.  We are at war here in America because we have  given our power away to external forces.  our priorities are to get more and more stuff and prestige neglecting the heart and soul.  As long as we choose this path, people will continue to die and innocent souls will continue to go to war.  We have to get a grip on this insanity for our children’s sake.  Who is dying more and more daily or endangered?  CHILDREN!  I know because it was once me.  Go back to self—-save yourself from a loveless world go back in!

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Own and Maintain Your Backpack

Own and Maintain Your Backpack

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
by Albert Einstein

Decide you are going to accept responsibility for everything that happens in your life and watch how fast things change for the better.

Stop struggling.
Decide what you want and then just turn it over to the universe and keep gratitude in your heart.
Amazing things will happen.

If you are feeling impatient, some discomfort, restlessness…
That is good. A good change is about to come.

There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely –
or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.
You have that moment now.  Choose.
by Oscar Wilde

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