Dickens and Job had PTSD: Who Knew?

Who knew Dickens suffered from PTSD?

Who knew Dickens suffered from PTSD?

Did you know that Charles Dickens suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

He writes about being “curiously weak… as if I were recovering from a long illness,” after surviving a train crash that killed 10 people and injured 49.  Dickens expressed his feelings in letters to others stating, “I begin to feel it more in my head. I sleep well and eat well; but I write half a dozen notes, and turn faint and sick… I am getting right, though still low in pulse and very nervous.”   After the train accident, Dickens avoided trains because he always got the feeling that the train was tipping over, saying he found the feeling to be “inexpressibly distressing.”

Despite PTSD being a fairly new word (it didn’t actually enter our vocabulary until 1980 when it became part of the DSM – III) symptoms of it have been documented for thousands of years.   Ancient texts, including the story of Job in the Bible—written in 420 B.C.—describe the hopelessness and extreme psychological anguish one gets when faced with life altering consequences involving physical and psychological trauma.  Job, in a very short time lost all of his possessions, his family and his health almost simultaneously.  This would be a crushing blow for anyone.  Yet Job lives as an example that in time we can, if not heal and recover, Continue reading

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Seven Steps to De-stress

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Recovery from abuse/pain/grief/depression, you name it, can put a lot of stress on your body. These ideas can help, or at the least, reduce those harmful effects. And the best part is they work for anyone. Try them. Share them. It’s about healing. Bluntly speaking, there are times in life when we all need to move towards healing.

However, It’s important that I point out to you that while all of these ideas can be beneficial, you may need to see a professional to make sure there’s not something more serious going on. Don’t be afraid to see a specialist to get the help you need and deserve. Do it for yourself. And for your loved ones.

Self help ideas (in no particular order):

  1. Positive self talk– maybe you’ve been put down so much it’s hard for you to even think, let alone say, anything positive about yourself. (Read my short story “Broken” where I talk about my inability to say anything positive about myself). You need to be your own champion. Learn to love yourself – no matter what. Tell yourself, I can do this, I am someone, I matter to myself and others, I’m worth something Continue reading

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