It may be important to understand barriers; but we do not need to focus on them. Instead, we can focus on positive actions we can take to overcome the barrios.
In this episode we will discuss: (Note: topics are not necessarily in this order.)
- Barriers to healing
- Tips to overcome these barriers
- My 7 Day Green Juice Fast
- Principals learned from dealing with diabetes that can also help me deal with PTSD
7 Day Green Juice Fast: Cucumbers, celery, kale and all their friends.
- Diagnosed with diabetes about 6 years ago
- Not obese
- I tried to control with diet and oral medication; but nothing seemed to work well enough.
- Started experiencing diabetic complication (eyes, feet and heart attack)
- Started using insulin a couple of months ago
Our mindset is important. Do we see PTSD as something that can be dealt with? Do we see it as something that can and will bet better?
“While some people do suffer from full-blown PTSD, most cases are mild. What often occurs is that a doctor tells a patient that his symptoms look like PTSD, and that diagnosis impacts that person right between the eyes as if he were told he had cancer. Well, it is not like cancer; it is more look like PTSD, and that diagnosis impacts that person right between the eyes as if he were told he had cancer. Well, it is not like cancer; it is more like being overweight. If you weigh 30 pounds more than you should, those extra pounds, while tiring to lug around, are probably not life threatening.”
Grossman, Dave; Christensen, Loren W. On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace (Kindle Locations 6690-6693). Human Factor Research Group, Inc..
“It is important that you bring the issue into perspective and think of it more along the lines of being overweight than being stricken with cancer and all that that means. Put it in perspective and make peace with the memory.”
Grossman, Dave; Christensen, Loren W. On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace (Kindle Locations 6697-6699). Human Factor Research Group, Inc..
If we do not expect to succeed, or get better, we are not likely to even try.
Knocking down the negative expiration barrier:
- Listing to others. What worked for them may not work for us…but it might.
- Stepping out in faith-even if we do not see the improvement at the moment. Allow time for small things to add up to bigger changes.
- Changing our mindset. Philippians 4:8
Asking ourselves some difficult questions:
- Do we really what to get better?
- What does it cost to get better? I am not specifically referring to money.
- What are you willing to pay?
- What are you willing to do to get better?
- What are you willing to do to get 1% better?
What if I try and do not get better. Other people have gotten better. What does that say about me if I try and do not get better? In fact, some people fear getting partially better and losing their disability check.
Knocking down the fear barrier:
- Listing to the stories of how other people have overcome adversity.
- Beginning to trust.
- Stepping out in faith.
What do you think about Dr. Grossman comparing comparison for dealing with PTSD? Is it more like losing weight or having cancer?