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.
Where to find Suzanne Grosser online
Quiet Courage: Conquering Fear and Despair with the Stockdale Paradox
by Suzanne Grosser
Sometimes, it takes courage to get up every morning & do what has to be done without giving in to despair, depression, and hopelessness.
If you are watching your life as you know it slip away, this book is for you. Admiral Stockdale spend 8 years as a POW. What he learned can you through your own challenge.
This book offers concrete advice & encouragement to get through this difficult time.
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Smashwords book reviews by Suzanne Grosser
- PTSD: A Fifteen Minute Guide to Combat Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
on Oct. 27, 2012
The book provides a good overview of PTSD, including treatments. The chapter on how PTSD affects the brain was new material to me and very interesting. The list of resources at the end is a great starting point for finding the help you need.
- Tailwinds: Adventures of a Young Aviator
on Nov. 18, 2012
If you are interested in flying, this book is packed with historical information you will enjoy. It is a ficitonalized account of one exceptional character, Rusty Martin, whose adventures highlight an exciting time in aviation history. The story often reads more like nonfiction. But the facts are so engaging that it kept my interest. A quick read with lots of great links to more information.
- Pumped: Great Words to Keep You Going When Hope Is Hard To Come By
on Nov. 21, 2012
Plenty of good quotes and stories to inspire anyone who needs to persist in a difficult situation.