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PTSD has always been a part of my life. I am not a doctor, or a minister, or a counselor. I have no letters after my name or an embossed certificate that qualifies me to write about trauma or to offer anyone advice. What I do have is a lifetime of experience with post traumatic stress.
I grew up with parents who suffered from PTSD. That is not what they called it then; it was not called anything. The dysfunctions of my family were secret, not to be shared.
I was incredibly fortunate to always have someone in my life who sheltered me and offered me a different view of the world. I saw how other families worked. Whether it was a babysitter, a relative, a teacher, or the parent of a friend, I learned very young that the things that happened in my home did not happen in all homes. I saw new ways of being family, and realized that the dynamics within my family did not have to be repeated.
As an adult, I read a lot of what the experts have to say about trauma and recovery. Some of their writings were helpful. Most were dry, technical, and emotionless. I studied PTSD because I wanted to understand my parents. As a child, I had developed compassion for them. As an adult, I wanted to help them heal.
Life, of course, has other plans. It threw some serious traumas my way. Life was giving me the chance to heal myself, to test my own theories. I am a writer. So as I worked to beat my trauma, I kept a journal. I did even more research. I organized my thoughts and feelings, and explored alternative paths to healing. Those writings became first a website, then a series of books.
I hope the things that I learned from my experience will be useful to you. I hope my words will help you recover faster or avoid some pitfalls. My goal is not to tell you what to do or how to fix your life. My goal is to support your autonomy in taking back your life from your trauma and post traumatic stress.
on April 03, 2013 :
Author Suzanne Grosser talked about her new book Stay or Go: Loving or Leaving Someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the Leland Library on Friday, March 22, 2013.
Ms. Grosser began keeping a journal when, as a young woman, she suffered a traumatic attack. Her journal, along with her experiences with a loved one who was also suffering from a traumatic event, became a resource for her writing her newly published book. With the goal of helping others who may be facing PTSD in their lives, Ms. Grosser’s book is a concise and a no-nonsense, fair, and balanced plan of how to analyze your situation and make better decisions concerning what path to take. Ms. Grosser points out that she is neither a mental health professional nor a therapist, but has real life experience.
Either path one takes to deal with PTSD will have an effect on the entire family, but Ms. Grosser’s book will enable someone to make more informed decisions and hopefully avoid making mistakes. For more information related to PTSD please visit her website: www.heal-post-traumatic-stress.com
In a follow up book Ms. Grosser has recently released a new book Quiet Courage: Conquering Fear and Despair with the Stockdale Paradox. For more information on books and her personal journey please see her website: www.suzannegrosser.com.
(reviewed long after purchase)