Steve Jobs Death and PTSD

October 6, 2011

I try and look at everything through the lens of PTSD.  I am always hoping that there will be that one thing or incident that will draw people into the site enough to want to pass it on to others.  I am convinced that the more often we get new viewers the more likely it is that the post will be circulated to a new set of listeners.

The passing of Steve Jobs seems like a far stretch as a lesson or example of PTSD and perhaps it is, but I watched his commencement address to a graduating class and I loved what he had to say.  To paraphrase his idea, is that we all must do, not what is the convenient thing or the politically right thing to do but what is in our hearts.  They say that he always tried to go with what was in his “gut” as the direction for his company. 

In today’s World we are so afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing that we sometimes fail to do the right thing too.  So the result is that we do nothing. We base our decisions on protecting ourselves.  Not standing up for the small guy for fear that we might get hurt ourselves. We fail to ask questions in class because we are afraid that we might look foolish so we don’t get the important fact that might have raised our grade to protect ourselves from embarrassment. Politicians vote not for what is best for the Country but for what will get them reelected. etc, etc.

Those who sit back and do nothing are the worst.  They know, in their hearts, that they should take that next step but they put it off until it is forgotten altogether.  I am saddened by this but probably this is the thing that actually got me up off my own butt to start to try and make a difference in PTSD treatment by creating this site.  There is an old African Proverb that goes something like this, “If you don’t think that one person can make a difference, try locking yourself in a closed room with one mosquito”

Steve Jobs was an innovator and because of his bravery and willingness to take a bold step he was able to change much of the World and how we comunicate with each other.  The internet is a way to reach out to our immediate circle and encourage them to reach out to their immediate circle and so on and so on.  We’ve all seen the way a subject or video can reach viral proportions and be on the lips of people everywhere.  Usually these are silly things not really worthy of all the attention.  The smoking baby or the guys on the treadmills or the two babys arguing in some foreign language of their own.  Why not try and do something that really might affect hundreds of thousand of people positively?

Everyone agrees that PTSD is terrible and we mostly are relieved that it affects someone else and not me.  My father once said to me “The measure of the man is the temptation resisted”  I loved this saying and I try to live my life this way.  In this particular instance the temptation is to read about PTSD, know that something should be done and yet do nothing.  Resist that temptation and pass this on.  Let’s try and really support the men and women who have served our Country by caring about them and their families once they’ve returned. These are the same people who are going to deal with the residuals of PTSD for what might be a lifetime of suffering, suffering that could and has, in many cases, resulted in premnature death through suicide. Currently 18 a day is the statistic and many of these are PTSD sufferers. Divorce, alcohol and substance abuse, violence, crime statistics are all the collateral damage from PTSD.

This site is a place that allows freedom of speech regarding PTSD.  The feelings, the causes, the outcomes and anything else related to the subject can be openly discussed.  You cmay provide some of th answers to this terrible illenss. Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant.