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PTSD – You are not Alone

This website is dedicated in memory of my Father 29/12/1927 – 14/09/1012 who will always be with me on this life changing journey

This website is a place for people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to come to, find out more about the illness and seek help and friendship from others that are affected by PTSD. I have established this resource as I found that when I was on my journey to recovery I wanted somewhere I could go to get information on PTSD to help me in my journey to wellness. Most importantly, I wanted to read and hear about others’ stories of their journey through PTSD. In addition, I wanted to be able to talk to others with PTSD, as suffering alone is not the way to recovery. “PTSD—or any mental illness—does not belong to mental health professionals, but to the people who live with it and are in recovery from it.”[i] To find out about my journey go to Bill’s story.

[i] Howard Kudler, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center; When the War Never Ends: The Voices of Military Members with PTSD and Their Families by Leah Wizelman

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  • GraveyDice

    I think I may have shared this with you before, Bill, but I’ll do it again anyway. This is an idea that has been growing in my mind over the last few years, steadily forming into a cohesive whole.

    Whatever we feel is valid. Even if you feel lost and alone, those feelings are valid. But there is one thing I’d like people to know.

    When you feel weak, as though your light and strength have deserted you, when you feel ugly, I want you to know that, while those feelings are valid, they don’t represent the truth.

    Your strength, your light and love and beauty are still there. They’re just hidden from your view beneath all the pain and scars. But there are some of us who can still see it. Your love and light and strength are still shining bright. Just waiting for the day when you can see it too.

    And if your faith in yourself has failed, well, that’s ok too. Because my faith in you hasn’t failed. Nor will it. Ever. I’ll keep your faith in yourself in my heart, ready for the day when you’re able to take it back again.

    It’s ok to doubt yourself. Because I have faith in you.

  • sunshine

    Wow, Thank you. I am close to a family who have lived with this as a result of the Vietnam war. It has been a family challenge for 45 years. Love has overcome and the adult family are very close. However I don’t think any of us could understand the condition which was not recognized for a long time. We expect too much of our men and boys

  • http://ptsdyouarenotalone.org.nz/ Bernadette Logue

    Wow, you are an inspiration.
    I read your website. Firstly, thank you for sharing this with me. It is amazing. Reading your story brought tears to my eyes and I congratulate you for having the courage to speak your truth which I have no doubt will help countless people. It can be very scary sharing with others what is truly going on for us, but it takes leaders like yourself to share and it gives others permission to open up to. I would be honoured to have my book reviewed on your website.
    My best wishes to you my friend, and look forward to staying in touch, let me know how everything progresses. Bernadette is the author of ‘Pinch Me’ it is on the book review page.

  • http://ptsdyouarenotalone.org.nz/ John Cantwell

    Bill, sorry to hear your story, especially that you really fell off the edge a couple of times. I’ve just read your account on your webpage, which is really confronting. Well done on having the courage to lay it all out. I hope you are still heading in the right direction. Well done mate, keep well.
    John Cantwell, Author of Exit Wounds ‘This is my story, but it is also the story of thousands of Australian veterans from Iraq, East Timor, Afghanistan and other conflicts who bare similar emotional scars. This is what becomes of those men and women we send off to war, pay little attention to, then forget once they are home.’

  • billb

    Thanks Doc, it’s a pity more people are not willing to comment. I have sent this to EVSA and I got no response at all:( The powers to be have made some comments in the media but no action as yet – maybe I am inpatient?

  • http://no John (doc) Mountain

    “We do have good systems to address the problems associated with PTSD, and we are improving our systems to encourage people to come forward and not to hide their issues until it is too late”

    This was the Official NZ DEF response to allegations that New Zealand was behind the ‘8’ ball when addressing Mental Health and Combat Stress. As a Kiwi Nam Vet, 2RAR/ANZAC Bn and suffering PSTD, I concur the NZDEF is finally onto the problem.

    They bloody well should be giving the 30 year shite fight we Kiwi Vietnam Vets took to successive Governments, finally gaining a highly public Crown Admission of Negligence for shortcoming and failures in Duty of Care in the management of Veterans Health and Welfare needs and concerns.

    None the the less, I believe the real obstacle to the process of identifying, accepting and dealing with PSTD, is the ‘patient themselves’. As identified above NZDEF recoginse that troopies will ‘hide’ the fact they are having problems, (both physical and mental) because they don’t want to be seen as wimps or more importantly don’t want their Medical Fitness Grading lowered affected their deployment, promotion and/or Military career prospects.

    The other side of the coin relates to unit/team cohesion and combat readiness, an ‘unwell’ Team Member may well become a liability, a burden and a threat to the mission performance capability.

    The real challenge to the Military is the timely ‘identification of, intervention in and the immediate treatment off’, any suspe.cted mental impairment or ‘undue’ stress responses. Don’t put the ‘potential Casualty’, (for that’s what they are) in harms way or get them out of it ASAP.

    Follow up must be focused on the rehabilitation and wherever possible reintegration of the WIA back into the Military family or wholly supported in his own family or civilian environment.

    Congrats on the site – just found out about it

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