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  •  Thanks for this! (9+ / 0-)

    It's extraordinarily timely in that I'm going out in less than two hours to attend a two day Equine Assisted Therapy seminar for combat vets. More than forty five years after coming home!
    Of course back then there was no "PTSD", it wasn't in the DSM anyway, and we just sort of grimaced and bore it. And made our own and all around us lives living hell with just the "irritability" and other symptoms you describe. A trail of self medicating (there certainly were no medications for a condition that wasn't officially recognized, but apparently useful substitutes are always available on every streetcorner), substance abuse, broken marriages, incarceration, and even mental hospitals is a common one.
    Today, having found a viable modus vivendi through a program called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), "kind and gentle" is back on the table.
    Thanks for portraying PTSD in such vivid yet understandable terms.

    “Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

    by DaNang65 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 06:09:30 AM PST

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