Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Mental Health and PTSD: When Even Going to the Movies Is Scary 

I don’t like going to the movies. Never have. I’d much rather be in my own environment where I can control the sensory stimuli and eat my own food and enjoy the movie from the comfort of my own chair. But my husband loves going to the movies. It’s one of his favorite things to do. So one rainy Sunday, Good Boys was playing, which looked hilarious, and I decided to give it a go. To do something my husband loves to do. To be a supportive wife. But I was hesitant. I hadn’t been to the movies in years. The last movie I saw at the theater was the original Maleficent in 2014. Over five years ago. Before I knew I had PTSD. 


PTSD and Agoraphobia: When Your Fear Response Is Triggered, It Doesn’t Feel Safe to Leave Your House 

I work from home (which is an amazing gift), so in an effort to get out every day and to enjoy the fall weather, I started going for walks outside instead of using the treadmill. Something I didn’t feel as safe doing when we lived in a more city-like environment where there was construction and commotion around every corner, but since we moved more into the country, I had been able to enjoy walking outside. Where I could appreciate nature. Where I was even beginning to feel safe. But then my fear response was triggered one day, ending my daily outdoor walks. And making me feel afraid to leave my house.


Mental Health and Gratitude: Sometimes Self-care Is about Doing Things for Others

My husband and I decided to have two separate parties at our new house: one for our friends to enjoy a night off from kids and one for our family, friends and kids to visit our home. I wanted two separate parties because it’s always been a dream of mine to host small-scale parties with a central theme. Not a themed-party, but a party with a theme. A vibe. 

Preparing for the parties took a lot of work. And without the help of several close friends and family members, I would not have been as prepared. So to show my appreciation, I decided to do a gratitude project. Something I’ve never done before, but as soon as I thought of it, my heart felt warm.