Marie, during a consultation, shared: “I have troubles dragging myself to work. I would always have this horrible feeling all of the time that I’m not going to make it, that something bad is going to happen. I’m stressed out and can’t move out of my room. I’m ready to drop.”
Marie’s condition indicates typical signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD takes its toll over time. It progressively wears you down. It depletes your energy supplies. There could be constant wakefulness, hyper vigilance, loss of appetite, relentless searching.
Healing from PTSD is a slow and painful process. In the deep process of recovery, you may have to spend a great deal of time and emotional energy before your intense searching gives way to seeing reality. In PTSD, you must accept the reality of life’s losses and traumas not just rationally (often not enough) but on psychological, biological, emotional, and spiritual levels before the vigilant states of PTSD subsides.
Yes, the mind’s waiting game in PTSD can finally be over only when you choose life — to go into your deep process of recovery.