Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Quotes

Instead of saying, I'm damaged, I'm broken, say I'm healing, I'm rediscovering myself, I'm starting over.
“Instead of saying, I'm damaged, I'm broken, say I'm healing, I'm rediscovering myself, I'm starting over.”
When you can tell your story and it doesn't make you cry, you know you have healed.
“When you can tell your story and it doesn't make you cry, you know you have healed.”
I won't let pain, turn my heart into something ugly. I will show you that surviving can be beautiful.
“I won't let pain, turn my heart into something ugly. I will show you that surviving can be beautiful.”
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.
“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”
Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing.
“Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing.”
The best way out is always through.
“The best way out is always through.”
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
“When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.”
You are stronger than you think. You have gotten through every bad day in your life, and you are undefeated.
“You are stronger than you think. You have gotten through every bad day in your life, and you are undefeated.”
You don't have to save me, you just have to hold my hand while I save myself.
“You don't have to save me, you just have to hold my hand while I save myself.”
I'm destroying myself so others can't, and it's the worst kind of control but it's the only form I know.
“I'm destroying myself so others can't, and it's the worst kind of control but it's the only form I know.”
One day, you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else's survival guide.
“One day, you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else's survival guide.”
The mind replays, what the heart can't delete.
“The mind replays, what the heart can't delete.”
If the wounds on her heart and the bruises on her soul were translated on her skin, you wouldn't recognize her at all.
“If the wounds on her heart and the bruises on her soul were translated on her skin, you wouldn't recognize her at all.”
PTSD is not the person refusing to let go of the past, but the past refusing to let go of the person.
“PTSD is not the person refusing to let go of the past, but the past refusing to let go of the person.”
My past is an armor I cannot take off, no matter how many times you tell me the war is over.
“My past is an armor I cannot take off, no matter how many times you tell me the war is over.”
I did not ask for the things that I've been through, and I certainly did not ask my mind to paint and repaint the pictures in flashback form.
“I did not ask for the things that I've been through, and I certainly did not ask my mind to paint and repaint the pictures in flashback form.”
Instead of being ashamed of what you've been through, be proud what you have overcome.
“Instead of being ashamed of what you've been through, be proud what you have overcome.”
Triggers can happen when you least expect them. When you think all the emotional wounds are healed something can happen that reminds you there is still a scar.
“Triggers can happen when you least expect them. When you think all the emotional wounds are healed something can happen that reminds you there is still a scar.”
I wish my head could forget what my eyes have seen.
“I wish my head could forget what my eyes have seen.”
Pain changes people.
“Pain changes people.”
Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.
“Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.”
Some days the memories still knock the wind out of me.
“Some days the memories still knock the wind out of me.”
PTSD nightmares aren't always exact replays of the event. Sometimes they replay the emotions you felt during the event, such as fear, helplessness, and sadness.
“PTSD nightmares aren't always exact replays of the event. Sometimes they replay the emotions you felt during the event, such as fear, helplessness, and sadness.”
You survived the abuse. Now, you'll survive the recovery.
“You survived the abuse. Now, you'll survive the recovery.”
Talking openly about your mental illness is not seeking attention, it's seeking help.
“Talking openly about your mental illness is not seeking attention, it's seeking help.”
Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.
“Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.”
A lot of people who have experienced trauma at the hands of people they've trusted take responsibility, and that is what's toxic.
“A lot of people who have experienced trauma at the hands of people they've trusted take responsibility, and that is what's toxic.”
After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.
“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”
Recovery is about progression, not perfection.
“Recovery is about progression, not perfection.”
One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.
“One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.”
PTSD occurs following a trauma that was so awful that in retrospect you don't understand how you survived. What that causes is an extreme feeling of vulnerability that you get past but that doesn't go away.
“PTSD occurs following a trauma that was so awful that in retrospect you don't understand how you survived. What that causes is an extreme feeling of vulnerability that you get past but that doesn't go away.”
Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived.
“Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived.”
A trigger is the connection between the conscious mind and a buried painful memory.
“A trigger is the connection between the conscious mind and a buried painful memory.”
Healing is not an overnight process. It is a daily cleansing of pain, it is a daily healing of your life.
“Healing is not an overnight process. It is a daily cleansing of pain, it is a daily healing of your life.”
Simple little things like a song or smell can be a trigger.
“Simple little things like a song or smell can be a trigger.”
It isn't in my past. It's in my everyday.
“It isn't in my past. It's in my everyday.”
The shrinks call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I call it hell. The demons are waiting in each corner, ready to drag me back to the battlefield.
“The shrinks call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I call it hell. The demons are waiting in each corner, ready to drag me back to the battlefield.”
People start to heal the moment they feel heard.
“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”
Triggers are like little psychic explosions that crash through avoidance and bring the dissociated, avoided trauma suddenly, unexpectedly, back into consciousness.
“Triggers are like little psychic explosions that crash through avoidance and bring the dissociated, avoided trauma suddenly, unexpectedly, back into consciousness.”
If someone else's reaction seems out of proportion to the situation, it usually means that something else was triggered.
“If someone else's reaction seems out of proportion to the situation, it usually means that something else was triggered.”
When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others. Don't get mad when someone does that. Be honored. For that person trusted you enough to, even if subtly, ask you for help.
“When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others. Don't get mad when someone does that. Be honored. For that person trusted you enough to, even if subtly, ask you for help.”
Punishing someone for PTSD is like punishing someone for cancer. The answer is love and protection.
“Punishing someone for PTSD is like punishing someone for cancer. The answer is love and protection.”
PTSD It's not the person refusing to let go of the past, but the past refusing to let go of the person. When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others.
“PTSD It's not the person refusing to let go of the past, but the past refusing to let go of the person. When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others.”
People generally don't suffer high rates of PTSD after natural disasters. Instead, people suffer from PTSD after moral atrocities. Soldiers who've endured the depraved world of combat experience their own symptoms. Trauma is an expulsive cataclysm of the soul.
“People generally don't suffer high rates of PTSD after natural disasters. Instead, people suffer from PTSD after moral atrocities. Soldiers who've endured the depraved world of combat experience their own symptoms. Trauma is an expulsive cataclysm of the soul.”
Bad things do happen how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have ? life itself.
“Bad things do happen how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have ? life itself.”
There are people who come home from war and want to talk about the pain, but no one wants to listen; there are others who want to keep silent and repress the memories, and all their family and friends want is to talk about it. I call this the war veteran reintegration paradox.
“There are people who come home from war and want to talk about the pain, but no one wants to listen; there are others who want to keep silent and repress the memories, and all their family and friends want is to talk about it. I call this the war veteran reintegration paradox.”
If storing memories is like putting away groceries, a traumatic event is stored by shoving a bunch of stuff in a cabinet and then any time it gets opened all the stuff falls on your head.
“If storing memories is like putting away groceries, a traumatic event is stored by shoving a bunch of stuff in a cabinet and then any time it gets opened all the stuff falls on your head.”
Most of us have unhealthy thoughts and emotions that have either developed as a result of trauma or hardships in their childhood, or the way they were raised.
“Most of us have unhealthy thoughts and emotions that have either developed as a result of trauma or hardships in their childhood, or the way they were raised.”
Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.
“Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.”