Depression Awareness Week- PTSD?

August 19, 2011

“Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been trying to be strong for too long. Put this as your status and leave it there for an hour, if you know someone who has or has had depression . It’s Depression Awareness Week and 1 in 5 of us will suffer at some point in our lives.”

This came to me on my Facebook page and I have been so busy that I wasn’t even aware that this was Depression Awareness Week.  Lots of us out there and as it says early in the quote,” you’ve been trying to be strong for too long”.  You PTSD sufferers and PTSD loved ones have been keeping this pain inside for too long.  Even if you feel you are not ready for therapy yet you still have an easy option.  You can post at Military PTSD Forum.  This posting will serve as a pressure release or an escape valve.  It is so easy to do and you might start feeling relief even from the first post but for sure once you start to unburden yourself more regularly.

Your PTSD memories will not ever go away but they can be placed in a more safe and more healthy place.  It takes courage to sit down and do it but you’ve faced bigger demons than this by serving your Country.  You’ve seen things that most people will never seen and you survived it.  Now it’s time get these PTSD flashbacks and PTS nightmares onto a shelf so that you can go on with your life. Trust me, from first hand experience, this is possible.  You are not alone in you struggle with PTSD and need not be alone even if you feel you are.

This invitation to post goes for the PTSD spouses and PTSD children, as well.  I don’t mean this to sound like the PTSD spouses and children are an after thought because the pain for your mate and children are just as real and I wanted everyone affected by PTSD are welcome with or without your significant PTSD other.  We want to hear everyone’s PTSD story and for you to feel safe in telling it.

We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  Your words will not be criticized, censured or altered.  The best disinfectant is the light of day.