PTSD: By Any Other Name

In World War 1, it was called ‘shell shock’. In World War 2 it was known as ‘battle fatigue’. Finally during Vietnam it got it’s current name, ‘post- traumatic stress disorder’.

What exactly is this?

Here’s the definition:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Sadly, the nervous system is stuck in a flight or fright mode that leaves people with PTSD in a chronic state of nervous ups and downs, which can be debilitating.

In January of 2017, I was told by my doctor that my brain injury had also given me PTSD secondary to the injury. It was a result of the changes going on in my skull as the cranial adjustments were being performed.

My brain’s amygdala sounded an alarm that flooded my body with stress hormones, resulting in quite a bit of emotional and physical distress.

It’s gotten better lately, the anxiety isn’t as much, nightmares are improving, and I’ve noticed as I get physically stronger, I’m able to work through it more efficiently.

Some experts believe PTSD is actually a psychological injury and not a mental health illness.


Living in a fallen world means that there will be times when our minds will be greatly effected by the current circumstances we experience. It’s part of being human and it’s part of life.

There are plenty of ways to help someone we love work through PTSD, but I do believe seeking a good counselor is key.

Here are six helps we can do for ourselves or someone we love with PTSD;

1) Listen to them. Don’t bring it up unless they first initiate the subject of the traumatic event(s) and want to talk about it. A recap may bring on full blown panic attack.

2) Don’t take their emotional ups and downs personally. If they are cranky or moody, give them grace–it should pass and they will feel more secure around you than if you lectured them or told them to “get over it.”

3) Gently encourage them to do the things they love, like art, peaceful exercise (walking, yoga, swimming), gardening, meditating upon scripture, reading a novel, or watching a favorite old film.

4) GET A PET!!! I truly believe this a must for everyone with PTSD. There have been days when all I could do was sit out on my deck with my grey tabby and let her purr as I rubbed her furry little head. My five-year-old Maltipoo ( heading photo) has also brought such comfort to me, never leaving my side. Medical studies have proven that pets reduce high blood pressure and calm anxiety in owners. Plus, they’re super cute!

She purrs away as we cuddle

5) Try some juniper berry essential oil before bed. Doterra is the best. In fact, even war veterans have been cured from night terrors and nightmares while using it, and it’s certainly helped me.

6) Lastly, the blessing of praise music. Please see my link Songs of Hope. These songs got me through the toughest days and nights of fear and anxiety. I highly recommend listening to them or quiet, restful piano music.

I hope you can find a small ray of encouragement through this little blog post knowing that you are not alone. I’m still learning how to cope most days and would LOVE to hear your ideas or input.

Have a wonderful day and remember, He is holding us. 🤗❤

Author: Viv

I'm a TBI warrior whose hope and strength comes from God.

22 thoughts on “PTSD: By Any Other Name”

  1. Right that’s it, we’re getting pets, Might have to be guinea pigs, then they can have one each. Nobody tells you but 5 pregnancies resulting in babies in 9 years can give the kids PTSD of sorts because 12 years of crying can give you a psychological injury. Thanks Vivian

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  2. Well said, Vivian! PTSD is very hard for some because you can’t “see” it, just as with TBI. Pet those pets and love on them, and when the kids are really tired, stroke their heads while they lay their head in your lap! Love is a win–win! Peace to you, little sister!!

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    1. Exactly! It wasn’t easy for me to bring the subject up since it’s a tough one to deal with but my prayer is that someone may be blessed by reading this post.

      My kids and pets are precious gifts for which my heart overflows with thankfulness to the Lord. I don’t know how I could have managed without them, brother Jeff. God bless you and yours. ☺

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  3. I lived with a man who had “shell shocks” from WW2 combat in the south pacific. From the age 12 to 22, my mother’s 2nd husband, Harry Florentino I lived with. He never talked about the military or the war. More…..

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    1. Oh wow 😔 I had no idea Papa!! His life was not fun and his issues effected the whole family putting a domino effect on you and your mom. I’m glad to know this as it helps me understand just how hard it was for everyone involved. I’m so sorry.🙁


  4. Just listening goes a long way. There’s people who feel like nobody wants to hear them so they bottle up. Everybody needs an outlet.

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  5. Reblogged this on Sharing some Information and Thoughts on Head and Brain Injury and commented:
    As “the nurse” says to me (often), “You should have received counselling for years after Perth…and things would have been very different with us. Though very personal, but may be of help to others
    “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects and upsets life on multiple levels: physical, psychological, social, and even spiritual.

    After the exercise program today (and more disruptions getting lost from my pairings) , I’m no longer the “go -to-man”, but the “runaway-from-man”

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    1. I’m so glad you brought this up dear Craig. My PCP wants me to go to counseling and found a Christian counselor or two who specialize in brain trauma. I have to put it on hold though because my husband lost his job and we no longer have medical coverage. A huge bummer.

      Oh🤣😂 Well, at least you exercise! Well done! I haven’t been well enough to exercise and am putting on loads of weight.

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      1. Thanks so much, Viv. I need to keep writing and sharing… even with a wooden heart (thanks, Elvis)
        “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”


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