Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder For Dummies
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You may hit some rough patches on the road to recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sometimes, setbacks stem from low expectations of yourself and negative self-talk. Here are some statements that can point you toward the positive side when your spirits are low.

  • Persevering through this time and continuing with my healing is courageous.

  • Setbacks are just bumps in the road — I can get past them and continue my journey.

  • Taking care of myself is important for me and for my loved ones.

  • The stronger I become over time, the easier my road to recovery will be. The beginning of this journey is the hardest part.

  • I’m doing my best each day, and I don’t need to be perfect.

  • I have supportive people in my life who will help me overcome this problem.

  • Just because I feel afraid doesn’t mean I’m in any danger.

  • Often when I feel afraid, it’s because I haven't processed my emotional trauma, putting it behind me, and moving on. After I do this, I’ll be less afraid. I can look forward to that time in the future, even if I’m afraid today.

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Mark Goulston, MD, an expert on PTSD, suicide prevention, and violence intervention, maintains a private clinical practice. He has taught or lectured at UCLA, USC, and Fortune 500 companies and has trained FBI and police hostage negotiators.

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