Poetry is music, as this poem clearly shows…
This is the best explanation I’ve read of the difference between Complex PTSD and PTSD.
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Trauma
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Self-Health Series
One of the factors of PTSD is that some people seem to have severe cases while others do not — that some soldiers were more vulnerable to extreme trauma and stress than others.
As an explanation for some of these complications it has been suggested and researched that there is a form of PTSD that is called DESNOS [Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified]. Another term is C-PTSD or Complex-PTSD. ~ Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D
Relatively Recent Distinction & Debate
Many traumatic events that result in PTSD are of time-delimited duration — for example, short term military combat exposure, rape or other violent crimes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, fire, etc. However, some individuals experience chronic trauma that continues or repeats for months or years at a time.
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I realized this morning that I’m very active for a person with a total disability.
I don’t have down time. My mind is always going.
I’ve always been like this.
When I was a 12 I had a number of chemistry sets and two decent microscopes.
I used to dissect insects.
One day a friend told me that if a guy rubbed himself long enough white stuff came out.
The fish that he described in the white stuff piqued my interest.
I set to rubbing and sure enough, white stuff came out, but the way it came out was a complete surprise.
I thought I had damaged my penis because I needed to pee but couldn’t.
I wondered how I was going to explain my broken penis to my Grandmother.
However, I had the white stuff and used a dropper to place it on a slide.
There they were, thousands of them.
Later, after I peed, I collected another sample of white stuff to see if the fish were still there.
Checking on their status became a twice a day ritual.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2016