PTSD Articles

Failed Recollection of Childhood Memories

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Is it normal for me not to be able to remember 98% of my childhood memories? I've heard its common for trauma survivors but it doesn't make any sense. Its not just childhood memories I can't remember. I can barely remember any memories from my ...

Depressed, Angry & Shutting People Out

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, April 21st, 2014
In the last 2 years I've developed depression. Recently I've been having nightmares/daydreams that remind me of a past experience of abuse I witnessed and I'll wake up crying, sweaty, and terrified. Also, lately if feels like I have a literal heart ache and I'll ...

Communicating with Someone Who Has Shut Down Through PTSD

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Hello, I am trying to find the things I should do and the things I shouldn't do when approaching my husband. He has just been diagnosed with PTSD after years of alcohol and drug abuse. He is a VERY loving man who will suddenly change ...

Emotional Shut Down

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Problem with being emotional shut off. I have a problem where I’m completely shut down, I don’t have pain, anger sometimes even happiness. Once I get to a point of sadness or anger its like a switch and I don’t feel anything. I was all ...

Constantly Changing Diagnoses

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
I was first diagnosed in 2008 after I had been hearing voices for a little under a year. After 1 1/2 to 2 years I was stabilized with meds. No voices. Only a couple of suicide attempts. I then had a baby. About a year ...

Embarrassed In Front of Children

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
I'm 24, mother of twin 5-year-old girls. I've always been outgoing, athletic, intelligent, very pretty, very competent. Never experienced depression. A week ago my husband took our daughters to the zoo while I stayed home to shop and relax. When I returned from shopping I ...

PTSD After Father’s Disappearance

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
I never knew my dad. When I was 12 (2007) my long-lost family (dad's side) contacts my mom and I. They tell us that my dad disappeared after receiving his suicide letter in the mail. They searched for him, but never found his body. Since ...

Traumatic Childhood Events & Self-Confidence

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Okay. This all started from when I was eight years old. My mom and step dad both worked a lot so they would have my cousin Amber babysit me. One day she kept me inside the house and pulled all of the blinds shut. ...

Nervous Jaw Clenching

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
In the past year I have begun clenching and popping my jaw and I just found out how noticeable it is to others. Apparently I also widen my eyes and jut out my jaw. My cousin showed me a picture she had taken and I ...

Angry Mood Swings

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, January 12th, 2014
I don't want to be like this anymore. I am an angry man. I was assaulted a year ago. It was violent. I have never been the same since. I use to be very peaceful, just sometimes sarcastic. Now I lash out. And I am ...

Is My Dissociative Amnesia Causing My GAD?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
In short both of these are a complete self diagnosis. But basically I showed all the symptoms of PTSD from being bullied and manipulated in middle school and a period I reference as the worst 3 years of my life. But still the confusion from ...

Should I Go Back to Therapy?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, December 23rd, 2013
When I was younger I was diagnosed with a Major Depressive Disorder and PTSD. Over the years it has changed and I feel like I'm on a constant rollercoaster. Though I am happy with my life and on an anti-depressant it does not stop me ...