The City in my Mind

Those of you who watch Sherlock might be familiar with the term “Mind Palace”. It’s actually an ancient concept, attributed to the Greek poet Simonides of Ceos. According to myth, Simonides went to a banquet, and as he stepped outside to do some business, the hall collapsed behind him. His fellow revellers were crushed in Read More

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Chinese Fortunes and Being Aware of Your Fears…

We had Chinese food the other night.  I don’t generally take stock in Chinese mystisism as touted by a badly made cookie, but as I shared with the children, I pulled a fortune that had a deeper meaning. Being Aware of Your Fears Will Improve Your Life I had a dream the night before.  In Read More

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Childhood Anxiety: Don’t Pass It On

What was your biggest fear as a child?  Do you still have it today?  If it went away, when did your feelings change? Today I’m taking my daughter to do the thing that caused my initial fear to go beyond a “little bit” of anxiety into a full-blown reaction.  I’ve written about my issues with Read More

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Building Strong Children

I love those little revelations that come with spending time with family. I’m just back from a week’s holiday in Canada – my mother, her dog, and my niece joined us. My mom reminded me of a number of things that happened when I was a child. And one little comment sent me spinning. She Read More

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The Slippery Slope

We finally got the car back after five-and-a-half weeks – a week ago.  I think I’d been handling it pretty well up to that point – I was driving again, not having too much as far as driving anxiety goes. Hubs was very well meaning when he brought me in the bill for the repairs Read More

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Thriving through Post Traumatic Stress

It disturbs me every time it happens…but the flashbacks are getting to be less prevalent. With my husband in the passenger seat, and my nine month old in the back, we passed a car accident a few days ago. The accident was over. There were several people on the side of the road. The cars Read More

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It disturbs me every time it happens…but the flashbacks are getting to be less prevalent.

With my husband in the passenger seat, and my nine month old in the back, we passed a car accident a few days ago. The accident was over. There were several people on the side of the road. The cars were still in situ. One of the cars had spun into my lane of traffic. The other was on the other side of the road. Blocking a lane.

I cast my eyes away quickly. I know that such sights affect me, and avoid looking instinctively. But my husband pointed out that he could see the airbags and I cast my eyes back to the car as we passed. The car was sideways, straddling the middle and inside lane. I couldn’t see the damage as it was on the opposite side. I could see glass on the road. There wasn’t anyone in the car, but I could see the air bags.

And I was brought back. Again. To the day of my accident…

Read the rest of this post at Anglia Counselling’s blog.

Recovering from Post Traumatic Stress is a long and complicated healing process. If you believe that you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD, please seek assistance in healing – it’s very hard to do it on your own.

Thriving through Post Traumatic Stress

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Are You Driving Your Own Bus?

I’ve lost focus.   My therapist used to tell me an story intended to assist me in addressing my anxiety issues after my accident.  I related to it – not because of the accident, but because of my ex. Imagine you’re driving a bus.  You have a particular route and destination in mind, but you Read More

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What I Want for my Fortieth Birthday

My husband is the best.  My fortieth birthday is a little over three months away – and last night he asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I’ve spent a few days chewing on it – and I can’t think of anything.  We were thinking about a trip to New Orleans – but have Read More

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Career Choice and Personality

I started out my career in social services – in a local welfare office. I found that there are generally two different types of people in that kind of job. They are extremes – and it is rare that you meet someone with elements of both in their personality. The first is akin to Mr. Read More

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Are you Enjoying the Sun or Waiting for the Clouds?

For the most part, I strive to remain positive about everything. I acknowledge that my relationship with my ex is a mess – but I try to make it better by creating boundaries and acting in a respectable way. I have outstanding physical and mental issues as a result of the accident, but hey – Read More

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