Meandering Michele’s Mind: Why Isn’t the PTSD Community More Positive?
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 • Uncategorized •
I don’t understand why the very people designated to help survivors heal tell them they have no chance for recovery. If I had believed healing wasn’t possible I would still be living such an awful, painful life.
I have two clients who have been told by their psychiatrists, “You can’t heal PTSD. You have to learn to live with it.” And now these survivors are working with me and making great healing progress. Their symptoms are abating. They no longer feel fear. The depression is lifting. The emotional numbness is leaving. They are full of actions and plans and thoughts of the future instead of the past. The ’professionals’, it appears, were wrong.
Today, I’d like to meander your minds…
Why do psychiatrists and therapists tell survivors PTSD can’t be healed – and we believe them?
Why do ‘experts’ and clinicians deem people unrecoverable — and we accept their diagnosis?
Why do survivors love to hear and read and see stories about others struggling horribly with PTSD — and don’t want to participate in spreading the word that every day survivors are healing?
For any other diagnosis we’d get a second opinion. If we were told something was terminal the first act would be to find someone who disagreed. Why isn’t that part of the PTSD healing process?
And then we would find other survivors and use them and their stories to believe in the possiblity of our own success. Cancer survivors do this. Heart disease patients do this. Those survivors get together for mass walks and runs and do all kinds of positive things to celebrate life, survival, recovery, and raise awareness.
Why does the PTSD community not engage in these kinds of proactive, positive thought processes? Why does the PTSD community seem to celebrate the bad and ignore signs of the good?
In the world of PTSD why is everyone so quick to be negative, to believe against themselves and healing, and support the disaster instead of the hope? Please don’t tell me the answer is “because it’s easier”. Dig a little deeper. Give me something better than that.