We life in a world rife with injustice. Not only do people with post-traumatic stress disorder have to endure the initial trauma, and combat its aftermath on a daily basis; they also have to navigate a mental health structure that is far from trauma informed. Treatment is necessary, and for some reason our society tends to tax the necessary.
I am pleased, then, to announce that writer Avery Philips has returned to Betty’s Battleground to guest write a post about the ways in which everyday people can create immense change in the lives of trauma survivors and the world at large. Changing the world doesn’t have to mean donning a cape and flying so fast around the world that time moves backward. It can be as simple as acknowledging that the injustice exists. Or it can be involved as pursuing a career in the recovery industry. In Avery’s essay we learn about the emotional repercussions of trauma, and actionable ways that we can help conquer injustice.
Please welcome back Avery T. Philips…
Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.”
Recovery from mental illness often begins as an uphill battle. It doesn’t help that aside from difficult symptoms, those of us living with one or more mental illness also have to combat stigma and wide-spread misinformation–all while navigating a mental healthcare system that often favors the wealthy. Recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is saddled with some very specific barriers. In fact, treatment-resistance is actually a symptom of PTSD. If you or a loved one are struggling to recover from trauma, please hold back from judgement. There are reasons for treatment-resistant behaviors; you or your loved one are not at fault.
Have you ever decided you needed more positivity in your life, so you go through your social media accounts and purge anyone whose posts read as antagonistic, depressing, or negative in any way? Maybe you also dropped that friend who was always angry, or who never wanted to go out with you? If you’ve never done this, I guarantee you know someone who has. Deleting or ghosting people with negative vibes has become a really popular way of embracing positivity. Problem is, it’s actually one of the most unhealthy things you can do. Continue reading →