PTSD Recovery: What You Can Do To Become Functional TODAY
By Michele Rosenthal
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can rob a person of the very will to live and prevent a trauma survivor from moving on to creating a meaningful future. PTSD symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance, desensitization, hyper-arousal, and insomnia interfere on a daily basis with a trauma survivor’s ability to function; they are unable to hold down a job, have healthy relationships, and/or demonstrate appropriate self-care.
The main goal of every survivor is to overcome symptoms of PTSD. For some that means learning how to manage symptoms; for others that means eliminating them completely.
No matter the final quest, every survivor wants to know how to become more functional in daily life. Discovering tools for this makes it easier to cope which, in addition to increased functionality, develops more courage, strength and focus for the work of recovery, too.
In this episode of ‘Your Life After Trauma’ we had two guests talking about PTSD Recovery: What You Can Do To Become Functional TODAY. Tonight, our guests share their unique professional perspective based on their experience and expertise.
Meet My Guests:
Rev. Dr. (Chaplain) Chrys L. Parker, J.D. is a clinical chaplain, clergywoman, lawyer, pastoral counselor and trauma therapist specializing in the spiritual and psychological care of PTSD experienced by individuals as a result of combat, critical burn injury and sexual assault. She is Executive and Clinical director of the Burn Recovery and Research Foundation in San Antonio, Co-Founder of the Army Spiritual Fitness Initiative, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a postgraduate instructor of combat and medical chaplains for the Pastoral Training Office of the U.S. Army Medical Command Center and School of Allied Sciences, and trains Army Chaplains at military posts throughout the nation. Rev. Dr. Parker is also an instructor of military, medical and mental health professionals. With Dr. Harry Croft, she has written a new book, I Always Sit with My Back to the Wall, the definitive recovery guide book for soldiers and their loved ones impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder. Even in its formative phases, the book began serving as the consummate “field guide” to PTSD management for US Army Chaplains under her instruction.