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The Invisible Scars of PTSD – 1st #NoMoreShame November #NMSN14

I am participating in the first
#
NoMoreShame November!

 

PTSD is not just a happening to soldiers. Rape, bully and sexual abuse victims as well as any trauma victim can experience this debilitating disorder.

This summer and earlier this fall I continued to try to bust ass and get some of the things under control so my PTSD is not triggered. Those who have not read about why I suffer from PTSD, or a bit of my story can read my first reveal for RAPE CULTURE  and the other from this summer about new beginnings and surviving PTSD. I have also had authors discussing PTSD in relation to their novels. One such can be found HERE. I am a strong supporter for PTSD awareness and so this project falls right into my sights!

nomoreshame-button-Today the #NoMoreShame Project’s anthology, Discovering True: #NoMoreShame Project Anthology, Volume 1, released (will be discussing it further and reviewing). For those who are unfamiliar, you can click on the image and it will to the main site. You can follow the project by the #NoMoreShame hashtag, you can become involved in the #SexAbuseChat on Tuesdays from 6PM PST (follow the twitter account @SexAbuseChat). Though I am not a childhood sexual abuse survivor, my rapes put me in a similar risk category.

Like all survivors of sexual abuse, rape, bullying etc, PTSD is a risk. Below is wonderful infographic from Carrington College.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) � The Invisible Scars

ABOUT: Original by Carrington College. Found on Visually. Every June is PTSD Awareness Month. Learn more about PTSD here. Thumbnail image is a public domain image.

 

How to get involved

  • Go to the #NoMoreShame Project Facebook page and download the #NoMoreShame November button (right click and save). Use it as your avatar throughout November, and especially on and around November 17th, which is the date the first #NoMoreShame Project anthology publishes.
  • Second, if you write a blog, even if it’s not about topics directly related to survivors, we want to feature it on the Nomoreshameproject.com website. We want people to know we are wonderful, incredible beings with much to offer the world! So just shoot me an email at BobbiLParish@Gmail.com with your blog link if you want to be included.
  • Buy the first #NoMoreShame Project anthology of survivor stories when it publishes on November 17, 2014. It will be available on Amazon. Buy it, read it, share it!
  • We are publishing a Survivor Story-a-Day on the website. Please read and share these stories on social media. We’d love to feature anyone’s story from this group! If you’re interested in that please email me at BobbiLParish@gmail.com.
  • Finally, go check out The #NoMoreShame Project YouTube Channel. Subscribe and share the videos.

 

8 Comments

  1. Great blog post. Really informative, as always. As a survivor of PTSD myself, I am glad to see how people don’t hide anymore and talk about what ails or used to ail them. With your permission, I will have to borrow this infographic so I can post it on my own blog. This is the kind of information I love sharing because I know it can help people. Thanks for posting! Keep on being awesome!

    • Of COURSE! If you are interested, Rachel Thompson and Bobbi would probably be thrilled for you to host the book on your blog too.

      • Oh yes. I posted about my own experience on my blog today, and I will post the infographic in a couple of days. I would love to feature their book on my other blog for authors.

        • Hey link it here!!

  2. I think you are an amazing woman to share and participate in this huge and important cause. I wish I had known sooner, I would have jumped on board.

    Another area people end up having ptsd from is from medical malpractice. Weather and Car accidents also bring out PTSD. There are so many things, aren’t there? Thanks for sharing.

    Irish

  3. The resources that Athena, Bobbi, & Rachel have provided have been a lifeline for my wife (@wavemistress) and I. They all have responded so graciously to my questions and comments. Athena was even so kind to resize the button when I asked– and even mentioned the resize/modded button I made in one of her live videostreams with Bobbi.

    I deal with PTSD too– cPTSD in particular, I think, because the trauma was so repeated for so long. I do have to mention over and over, too, that it’s not just for the soldiers… it’s for anyone that experiences trauma.

    As Athena would say: “Blessed by your voice.” Any chance I met you in one of the chats? So honored to meet people coming together for this issue.

    • I have not been able to make the chats but once, but Rachel and I are friend as well as Bobbi. I didn’t feel it was my place due to the fact I am not a childhood sexual abuse victim, well.. not really. So I wanted to respect the place. I do take time to read the chats on Tuesdays, however. AND THANK YOU!

  4. Hey Kriss,

    I’ve read this post already, but I wanted to stop by to leave a comment. I am a survivor of Complex PTSD that developed from Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD) from many years of chronic bullying. This crap caused a lot of secondary issues that left me with a shell of a life and severely socially impaired and emotionally imbalanced. For a long time I didn’t know why. I wondered why I couldn’t let go of the past; rather, it wasn’t letting go of me. I couldn’t pinpoint why I was so terrified of people. I was more afraid of people than I was of grizzly bears, and this isn’t an exaggeration.

    I’ve been going through a 4 year recovery and in the recent months a deeper one. Some of my recovery has been outright painful and even scary. I’m not a victim any more. I am not all the way “there” yet. There may be issues that may remain that I have to cope with throughout life, but I will have a better understanding of how to do it.

    I will start books on some of this stuff soon.

    This was a great post and I enjoyed it!

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