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National Post abuses position to Stigmatize PTSD

How do we stand here and say, “Come forward, there is no Stigma anymore.  You’ll be okay if you ask for help.” and then read a post like that in the National Post this month on PTSD Service dogs being a fashion item and worse, calling those with PTSD Service dogs frauds.  How do you think this is going to play out for those out there with PTSD thinking about asking for help or debating whether to trust another human with their inner most secrets? Brian Here.  Yesterday’s era of reporters would never have put this garbage out there to begin with.  That’s regardless of the topic.  In the day when there was the noon hour news, and the six o clock news from 2 or 3 different station editors… well you know….. edited.  They threw out crap.  Multiple instances of crap would result in a firing.  Now, editors largely…

Should I stay or should I go? PTSD relationships

My doctor (the one I trust after the first bunch of quacks I was given proved to be useless) told me that while dealing with an operational stress injury, now is not the time for monumental change.  Keep smoking, keep drinking , keep doing weed ( if you do those things) , and then try to stabilize , and then try apply some moderation, and then possibly begin to talk about eliminating some of the negatives.   Don’t quit your job, don’t sell your house, don’t ditch relationships.  Yet.  After some stability, if the stressor is persistent then of course do consider getting rid of it. Kate’s comment: why do Brian and I so often refer to psychiatrists and psychologists as “quacks”?  Because frankly there are a hell of a lot of quacks in the MH profession and not nearly enough oversight weeding them out.  It is extremely frustrating to…

PTSD SERVICE DOGS ARE NOT A FASHION ACCESSORY

The National Post on March 4, 2018 stated that “there is a fashion among veterans with post traumatic stress disorder for having therapy dogs accompany them in public places.  Mind you, we are not supposed to call them “therapy dogs”.  That is an insulting term, one that hints that these animals are not as serious, and might not be eligible for the same legal and social deference, as trained dogs for the blind, physically disabled, or cognitively compromised.” They didn’t stop there, calling a PTSD service dog a fashion accessory wasn’t enough for them they went further to claim that there is no scientific evidence to back up these “therapeutic dogs”, they even ridiculed a hero amongst Canadian Veterans, Medric Cousineau, who has tirelessly championed service dogs for vets with PTSD and found Brian’s, Sasha. As most of you know Brian’s dog Sasha is the reason he was able to…

Night Terrors and Nightmares

It was hardly surprising that children exposed to the trauma we were would develop abnormal sleep patterns: night terrors, sleep walking, etc.   With no adult willing to step in and provide us with the care, support and psychological counselling we needed we came up with our own coping mechanisms.  Some were more successful than others. My brother sleep walked.  When he did he often got himself into dangerous situations so I was in the habit (we slept in the same room when we were together) of tying his foot when he was asleep to mine so that I’d be woken if he wandered off in his sleep.  Initially this worked but I must have become tired and grumpy which is why I yanked back on the tether which had him flying face first into the wall.  My bad. Brian here.  One of the other areas this rears its head…