My inner circle group has challenged me to share this writing with my blog followers. So here it is.

Yesterday, I wrote about being diagnosed with PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. I was forty years old and being told I had this disorder from being a young child of just 10. Can you imagine, I had lived with this out of my awareness for 30 years already and in a couple of hours of meeting me, I am given a diagnosis.

You see that is what conventional psychiatrists do. They search for symptoms, create a diagnosis and then prescribe medication. It is the way they are trained in the medical model to treat people. Sometimes those medications can create worse symptoms. No, I did not take any medication. Anyway, I digress.

I was 10 years old when my brother who was 8 died of Leukemia.  The way the doctor described it was that after the loss of my brother, which happened on February 18 every year after that, my parents entered into a grieving phase from Christmas to the end of March. His birthday was in March.  They were doing the best they could do with what they knew. But in the early years it affected the other children left behind. It became a habit to depress this time of year!

Today, thank-fully I have that awareness and my body will become tired and I will feel down but suddenly I remember the words of that doctor and I know that I have control over how I will handle this. I cannot help how I feel. It just happens but I do have more control over my thoughts and actions and at this time, I simply stop, acknowledge the loss of my brother and remember how fortunate I was to have known him and his beautiful soul for the short time we had together. I do not need to depress for three months.

It is not my intention to make light of PTSD. There are way more severe forms of it and people need to be listened to and taught how to take charge of their own life, emotions and behaviors.

Awareness is a wonderful thing if we choose to pay attention. If you are experiencing some kind of upset in your life, talk with a professional. You have what you need within. You just need someone to help you access it.

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Yours in growing awareness



Maureen has been teaching this ideas for over 35 years. She is a Senior Faculty Member with William Glasser International, A Licensed Counselling Therapist and Certified Personal and Executive Coach.