Welcome to the Flourishing With PTSD podcast - a podcast designed to help normalize conversations around mental health, specifically in the context of PTSD, also known as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I am not a medical professional or a therapist. I am, however, a trauma survivor who is here to share the highs, the lows, and everything in between that comes with living and healing from PTSD. Over the course of the podcast, you hear the three year journey from rock bottom to the highest point… it is proof that healing is possible. If I can do it, you can too!
Flourishing With PTSD: Wellness and Peace Skills
Kirin Taylor is back for another episode to discuss wellness and peace skills. It’s important not just to talk about it, but practice it! Join us as Kirin walks us through affirmations and a meditation, followed by our reflections on strategies that have helped ease the struggle of navigating PTSD and intervening on symptoms at the time of onset! Let’s flourish with PTSD!
Flourishing With PTSD: Mental Health in Education
The educational setting is seeing so much added pressure to teachers and students during the pandemic, and mental health conversations are more important than ever. Join Kirin R. Taylor (@kirinrtaylor) and I as we discuss the presence of mental health struggles in the classroom, and strategies and mindsets that help to host a trauma-informed space. Kirin is a peace educator and adjunct professor. She is the co-creator of Taylor-Adepoju Group (@tayloradepojugroup) and co-founder of Peace International Political Party. You can find more information on her website https://linktr.ee/kirinrtaylor . Kirin’s Educator Peace Pledge: https://ce7a2284-0d32-4bbb-ba5f-1d156a20733b.filesusr.com/ugd/1ec6ad_c3dec15a94ba44e79577eac7f28e37ae.pdf
Flourishing With PTSD: Fawn (Feign) Response
Many of us our familiar with the two famous trauma responses: Fight or Flight. Others are familiar with the three famous responses: Fight, Flight, or Freeze. We call these the Three Fs. Did you know there is a fourth response that can occur in the face of trauma? We call this the Fawn response. Some of you may know it as Feign… join me as I dissect this fourth response, what it looks like, where it came from, and some linguistic changes that may assist with dismantling the stigma around this response with the assistance of the article written by Cathie Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/arts-and-health/202106/understanding-fight-flight-freeze-and-the-feign-response
Flourishing With PTSD: Service Dogs
Did you know that those with PTSD can be eligible for a Service Dog? Typically a Service Dog can be VERY expensive, and most people out there can’t just go out and afford to buy a Service Dog. Listen to Natalie share her story about her German Shepherd, Driggs, how he started out as an Emotional Support Animal, and how at the time of this recording, just three weeks ago, was certified to be a Service Dog. She tells of how she was able to navigate getting Driggs trained and certified that DID NOT cost $30,000. Disclaimer: The information in this episode is anecdotal and should not be taken for legal advice. If you are interested in pursuing having a Service Dog or Emotional Support Animal (ESA) in your life, please consult with a therapist and do your own research. You can start with the following links and also please find Natalie on both her small business Instagram @lagombynatalie and her personal account @natalieheileson. You can also find her small business, Lagom By Natalie here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LagombyNatalie Emotional Support Animal Info: https://www.esaregistration.org/?gclid=CjwKCAiAvriMBhAuEiwA8Cs5lWM5pxEbS4mFoffAirqZJS-Rsww4EULYxzzGNWZvAyQeRA1_X45y3RoCsQEQAvD_BwE. Service Dog Info: https://usserviceanimalregistrar.org/hawk-front-page/?utm_term=service%20dog%20certification&gclid=CjwKCAiAvriMBhAuEiwA8Cs5lRYfPIGzmCARIm5vpawgux_LbCKyrHG-9-HcsvTsn2kEY6CvVwUZfBoCpGYQAvD_BwE and https://www.federalservicedogregistration.org/services/service-dog-registration/
Flourishing With PTSD: Burnout
Lately I have had one constant thought: Was I THIS busy before lockdown? The amount of things I have been booking for myself and doing in a single 24-hour period is CRAZY!!! And if not careful, that can lead to burnout. What is burnout? What does that look like? How can you recover? How can you avoid it for next time? All these questions are answered by Shey, founder of We Are The Evidence (Insta: @wearetheevidence and weareevidence.com) and I, along with the help of some sources which are posted below. Join us! https://vetxinternational.com/the-five-stages-of-burnout-spot-the-sign. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-it/201706/how-give-others-without-burning-out. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prescriptions-life/201907/4-things-do-when-youre-burning-out-work
Flourishing With PTSD: Healing vs Living With PTSD
“Can someone heal from PTSD?” “Is my life over now that I am struggling with PTSD?” “Am I stuck in this living hell?” These are all questions that trauma survivors all over the world have been asking… and I have the same questions too, which is why special guest, Dr. Pam Hall, Ph.D. sat down with me to discuss the barriers and stigma surrounding PTSD mostly in the context of - but not limited to - combat-related trauma. Not only the consequences of these barriers and stigmas, but whether or not PTSD is really a lifelong sentence. Make sure you get your copy of Dr. Pam’s book, PTSD Unplugged (https://laforensicpsychologist.com/ptsd-unplugged/) and check out her website: https://laforensicpsychologist.com/ She also has a blog: https://laforensicpsychologist.com/ptsd-blog/ and find her on social media @ptsdunplugged and on Twitter: @pamelahallphd Also check out the app: PTSD Coach to track PTSD symptoms!