Archive for Anxiety, Panic & PTSD

Act Two: Knowing Good Criticism from Bad

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Act Two KNOW GOOD CRITICISM FROM BAD Do you trust yourself to differentiate between good criticism and bad criticism, what’s okay and what’s not? Does All Criticism Seem Like An Attack? Do you react to criticism as if your village is under attack? I sure used to. When I had some of my worst experiences [...]

Stress? Anxiety? Had A Bad Day? Give Yourself a Thumbs Up!


Well, five thumbs up, actually. An article in this month’s Common Ground explains how thinking five positive thoughts can turn-around a foul mood. The focus of the article is on language — words. How words like, “No,” “poverty,” “illness,” and “death” trigger the release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters inside our bodies. Yikes, [...]

Listen in! ‘Victim No More’ on Sunday Solutions

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Sunday September 23rd – This morning on our Blog Talk Radio show, Susan and I talked about victimhood and its characteristics — as well as some simple solutions to turning around victimhood into thriving and empoweredhood. This was show #5 in our series of thirteen shows on empowering solutions for the trauma and drama characteristics [...]

Watch: Pop! Goes the Drama

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When I thought about the braced-for-disaster feeling that we carry with us, I thought, “It’s just like waiting for the joker to pop out of the Jack-in-the-Box can,” a continuous state of preparedness. I had to record this video. It’s my first video for GWNI. Watch: Pop! Goes the Drama GWNI Video: Pop! Goes the [...]

Yes, Adult Children of Alcoholics Can Suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Heal from PTSD


Readers, you are in for a real treat. This winter I was fortunate enough to have two conversations about post traumatic stress disorder PTSD with trauma specialist Dr. Marylene Cloitre. The following article is based on our conversations. Do You Have PTSD from Childhood? Panic.  Anxiety.  Fear. Nightmares.  Insomnia.  Fuzzy-brain feeling.  Indecision.  Confusion.  Out-of-body numbness.  [...]