Sarah’s Key

August 22, 2011

I went to the movies over the week-end and went to see, Sarah’s Key, which was an indie movie.  This is not a movie review but there was a quote at the end of the movie which I really loved and I’ll paraphrase it since I couldn’t write it down but this is the gist of it,  Telling your story is a history of your past but it can also be the first step toward your future. 

This is what I hve been saying, perhaps not as eloquently as in the movie, but what worked for me in terms of my own experiences with PTSD.  What has happened to you was real and how it affected you was real but you can put it away as a memory and move forward if you choose to do so.  You just have to be willing to start somewhere.  Ideally you will seek professional help but from past experiences I know this is a difficult thing to do but it is absolutely the best thing to do.

If, for whatever reason, you cannot see a psychologist, it is too far away, it is too expensive, it is a shameful step for you, you don’t think you have a problem, whatever the excuse, you need to do something.  Your need to do something and the quicker you do it the better.

I liken this to getting a splinter in your finger.  Normally you would immediately try and get it out and assuming you are successful, the next day the spot will be red and then the next day it will be gone.  Conversely, if you don’t take action the splinter will remain and because it is a foreign body in your finger the body will react.  First an infection will set in trying to get this thing out, then possibly worse when the finger starts to swell, continue to redden until a Doctor’s office visit is the only option.  Lancing the infection to eliminate the problem is the only option and this will ultimately lead to possible scarring.  I am not saying that a splinter is anywhere near as serious as PTSD but the same choices of action versus inaction are there for you.

PTSD doesn’t cure itself and it will not go away on its own. It is more likely that it will get worse and more difficult to treat, cure and hide. You must take action and only you have that as your conscious decision to do something.   Getting PTSD may not have been in your power to avoid but getting past it is all on your shoulders.  You need to do something and talking about it is a step in the right direction.

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