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Out of My Mind in Costa Rica or OOMMCR for short is an effort to help those who suffer from PTSD and C-PTSD and support the people who love them. OOMMCR is a personal journal of my Hero's Journey mixed with clinical insights and stories of my trials and tribulations as a human being who was raised in an incest family. I'm a retired clinical social worker from California I hope this podcast will persuade you or someone you love to take positive steps towards healing the devastating wounds that resulted in the development of PTSD or C-PTSD.I am new podcasting, so please bear with me as I do my best to improve the quality of my content and the quality of my production. I am a stickler for detail, but I want this podcast to be like visiting an old friend. I want to credit Audionautix for my intro and outro music. It's a tune called Big Blues You can learn more about Audionautix at: http://audionautix.com.That said, let the pods begin.

Out of My Mind in Costa Rica-Living with CPTSD Ray Erickson

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Out of My Mind in Costa Rica or OOMMCR for short is an effort to help those who suffer from PTSD and C-PTSD and support the people who love them. OOMMCR is a personal journal of my Hero's Journey mixed with clinical insights and stories of my trials and tribulations as a human being who was raised in an incest family. I'm a retired clinical social worker from California I hope this podcast will persuade you or someone you love to take positive steps towards healing the devastating wounds that resulted in the development of PTSD or C-PTSD.I am new podcasting, so please bear with me as I do my best to improve the quality of my content and the quality of my production. I am a stickler for detail, but I want this podcast to be like visiting an old friend. I want to credit Audionautix for my intro and outro music. It's a tune called Big Blues You can learn more about Audionautix at: http://audionautix.com.That said, let the pods begin.

    C-PTSD and Brain Fog - I Can See Clearly Now

    C-PTSD and Brain Fog - I Can See Clearly Now

    Episode 37


    C-PTSD and Brain Fog


    I Can See Clearly Now


    April 27, 2022

    Today I want to talk about Brain Fog which Merriam-Webster defines as: "A usually temporary state of diminished mental capacity marked by an inability to concentrate or to think or reason clearly."This condition is characterized by excessive cognitive fatigue.” Well, that about sums it up for me. The past several months I have been really out of it and Brain Fog is the only explanation I have found that makes sense. I’ve been dazed and confused for so long it is beginning to be my normal state of mind. Then what?


    Here’s a good example of Brain Fog. When I was preparing this episode, I completely lost track of what day it was and this morning about 9am, I realized I had an eye exam at the main hospital in San Jose at 9am, a 2-hour drive. The appointment was scheduled for 9am, so I missed it. For weeks, I’ve been anxious and fretting about driving into the city to get my eyes examined. The good news is I don’t have to drive to San José, but the bad news is I still need to get my eyes examined. There is definitely something going on with my left eye and who knows when I can get another appointment. The Brain Fog once again was successful in sabotaging me. Brain Fog does this frequently. It is becoming harder and harder to take care of what needs to be taken care of. This is the main reason why I am focusing on Brain Fog today.

    As usual, below are some links to even more information about PTST and Brain Fog. 

    My life with Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – Tereza's Health Blog (wordpress.com)

    PTSD & Brain Fog - The Trauma Practice

    Mental Fog, Stress, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | HealthyPlace

    GET OUT OF BRAIN FOG from Complex PTSD - Bing video

    Understanding Mental Fog And Complex PTSD | by Annie Tanasugarn, PhD | Invisible Illness | Medium

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    C-PTSD and Starting Over-With a Guest Appearance by Shame

    C-PTSD and Starting Over-With a Guest Appearance by Shame

    • 29 min
    C-PTSD and My Expat LIfe - No Matter Where You Go, There You Are.

    C-PTSD and My Expat LIfe - No Matter Where You Go, There You Are.

    Episode 35
    C-PTSD and My Expat Life
    No Matter Where You Go, There You Are.
    October 4, 2021
    Shit! Has it been a month? I am so sorry, and I apologize for my lack of production lately. I am still working my way through the blues, but the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and another wonderful day is on the horizon. This week I am compelled to share a few things about how the hell I ended up in Costa Rica in the first place. I hope you are at least entertained by my musings, but what I really hope is that Out of My Mind in Costa Rica – Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress is a beacon of light for you and a factor influencing you to take care of yourself first, knowing that if you are well, then you can tend to the needs of others.
    As usual, I have compiled a few websites that shed a bit more light on today’s subject. I hope that these small, seemingly trivial acts will stimulate you to do what you need to do to heal from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress.
    If you are not struggling with C-PTSD then you may have more questions than answers. Julie Maida writes about the key things we all wish others would know about this condition.
    What Someone Living with Complex PTSD Wishes You Knew - Julie Maida (julie-maida.com)
    Here is a very concise article written by Shirley Davis which was published at CPTSD Foundation. Straight forward and to the point.
    The Difficult Road to Intimacy: Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | CPTSDfoundation.org
    Friendships are relationships and at times they are the most intimate relationships in our lives. Here’s a clear article written by Ashleigh Golden, PsyD that helps you to understand the conflictual nature of relationship with people who have C-PTSD.
    CPTSD and Relationships: Why Conflict Happens and What To Do (psychcentral.com)
    I have just completed a vast amount of research seeking some information on what living with C-PTSD as an expatriate is like and what kind of special challenges beset people in this situation. Nothing, nada, zero is what I found. It looks like I need to do an episode of Out of My Mind in Costa Rica-Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress focusing on life as an Expat, regardless of where you are in the world, and you have C-PTSD. Wouldn’t you know it, another thing I need to do myself. Expect that sooner, rather than later. Hell, who knows, maybe next week. Meanwhile give a listen to my current version of Expat life when you have C-PTSD.

    • 29 min
    C-PTSD and Working Through the Blues - Mama Told Me There'd Be Days Like This

    C-PTSD and Working Through the Blues - Mama Told Me There'd Be Days Like This

    Episode 34
    C-PTSD and Working Through the Blues
    Mama Told Me There’d Be Days Like This
    September 17, 2021
    Yes, I am still working through the blues. What can I say? It is what it is, and this is my river, and this is how it is flowing at the moment. I don’t want to be a Donny Downer, but you decide for yourself. I am sharing a little bit about my process and what makes is work for me. Life seems to be a reminder that we need to keep on our toes and keep moving forward, wherever that may be for you. For me it is just a matter of loving myself and keeping my commitments to myself. Each day I strive to do better than the day before. Sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn’t. You pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on that pony.
    Here are a few websites I found that punctuate today’s theme, More of the f*****g same thing as last time. But different. Give it a listen and you be the judge.
    Scary Mommy is a great resource for people in all kinds of recovery. She recently posted this article and it gets right to the heart of the matter.
    I Have CPTSD: Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (scarymommy.com)

     Vicki Peterson published this intriguing article on The Mighty.com and offers a clear explanation as to the differences between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress.
    When Complex Trauma Is Misdiagnosed as Anxiety | The Mighty
    Out of the Fog does a great job of getting down to brass tacks. This article gives a great overview of CPTSD, treatment and the process of healing.
    Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) — Out of the FOG
    CPTSDfoundation.org is doing a lot of great work with helping people resolve their own particular version of CPTSD.
    The Final Six Symptoms of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | CPTSDfoundation.org

    • 28 min
    Episode 33 C-PTSD and Being Stuck in the Mud - Not The First Time, Probably Not The Last

    Episode 33 C-PTSD and Being Stuck in the Mud - Not The First Time, Probably Not The Last

    Episode 33
    C-PTSD and Being Stuck in the Mud
    Not the first time, probably  not the last.
    August 2, 2021
    This week I am talking about being “stuck in the mud”. I’m spinning my wheels and I got no traction. It’s beginning to trouble me. The good news is that doing this podcast is regenerative for me. I know I have been really inconsistent these past couple of months, but I believe I am on the upswing after increasing my Fluoxetine to 40mg/day. This seems like an appropriate dose for the moment. Don’t think that the medication is the only thing that is making a difference. I have had a lot of time to think and thinking I did. I thunk and I thunk and I thunk. Now I’m exhausted from all of the thinking.
    Today’s episode: C-PTSD and Stuck in the Mud details these struggles as well as some ideas to break the logjam. I’m not completely out of the woods yet, but the sun is shining and my mood is improving, poco a poco. I am encouraged. If it weren’t for this podcast, I would not be able to say this. I owe much of my improvement, which is marginal at best, to my listeners. You folks who consistently listen to Out of My Mind in Costa Rica. You have my heart and my dedication. Now, let me share a few websites that help to put an exclamation point onto this week’s episode.
    My friend, the friend, whom I highlighted a couple of weeks ago, recommended a book by Pema Chӧdrӧn, entitled When Things Fall Apart. It is a Buddhist perspective on coming to terms with and resolving life’s most painful moments. Its approach is familiar but the practices she described are revolutionary. Not to mention, they are extremely challenging to undertake.
    The Pema Chodron Foundation – The Buddhist Contemplative Tradition
    Michael G. Quirke, LMFT presents a very good article for those of you looking to establish a foundation for your recovery.
    Recovering from Complex PTSD: 3 Key Stages of Long-Term Healing (michaelgquirke.com)
    Suzanne Jessee, M.A. in Huntington Beach, CA provides another perspective on the 3 stages of C-PTSD recovery.
    The 3 Stages of Complex PTSD Recovery (theravive.com)
    Mandy Lo of TraumitizedAspie writes an excellent article covering a wide range of trauma information and recovery information. Check it out.
    How Does Complex PTSD Affect Interpersonal Relationships? – TraumatizedAspie.com
    David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor provides some great guidance on how to tread your path of healing. Given the complexity and interpersonal nature of Complex-PTSD, it is critical to be patient and pay attention to the little things.
    6 ways to recover from Complex Trauma or Complex PTSD | counselorssoapbox

    • 26 min
    C-PTSD and Letting Go - Release and Find Peace

    C-PTSD and Letting Go - Release and Find Peace

    Episode 32
    C-PTSD and Letting Go
    Release and Find Peace
    August 27, 2021
    Today’s episode I am talking about letting it go. Everyone says this, but what the heck does it actually entail? How does one let go of experiences that have been buried to the bone? Well, I take a stab at this topic today, and I hope you will find it engaging and moves you to let go. Even if a little bit. A little bit is better than not at all. Poco a poco. Una cosa por vez.
    As usual I have discovered some wonderful websites and people who are doing amazing thing in the world of healing from PTSD and Complex PTSD. I hope you find them helpful.
    Dr. Schwartz help people to understand that nature of barriers to healing from Complex-PTSD. This article highlights the ways we struggle when adapting to a new, healing way of being.
    Overcoming Barriers in Complex PTSD | Dr. Arielle Schwartz (drarielleschwartz.com)
    David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE) gets to the point on what keeps us stuck in our pain.
    Can't Let Go Of Childhood Trauma? Here's Possible Reasons Why (childhoodtraumarecovery.com)
    K.J., through her own story, helps you understand what Letting Go is and how to do it.
    Letting Go of the Past When You Have PTSD | The Mighty
    Here’s a YouTube video by Healthy Place that hits the nail on the head when it comes to letting go.
    PTSD and Forgiving Yourself, Letting Go of Self-Blame | HealthyPlace - Bing video

    • 27 min

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Great examples of feelings, emotions, thoughts etc.. of a CPTSD survivor. Especially if you’re suffering from handling your “triggers” in the right way.

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