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From: Van give (
Subject:         Re: Heal my PTSD
Date: December 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm PST

In Reply to: Heal my PTSD posted by Prab on December 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm:

There was a special on veterans on the show 60 Minutes
recently and one of the doctors said,"you can't heal PTSD, you
manage it".

One thing that has helped me manage it is that I have a job
where I constantly work with others who have PTSD and
therefore it can be an asset where I can relate to my clients as
opposed to my seeing it as something that is wrong with me.

I have tried a lot of things that didn't help much, like yoga. In the
past six months I have found that I manage it best with lots of
physical activity, which I wasn't getting with yoga. Bike riding has
turned out to help me manage it. I do it everyday, no matter
what, no excuses. Through biking, I have found the meditative
qualities that I was looking for in yoga. At first I just rode around
the oval road in our neighborhood because I was to afraid to go
out into traffic. I would slowly try new roads. Every time I met a
new challenge it gave me more courage to do another road that
maybe had more traffic or a big hill.

Working out 3-4 times a week was not enough for me. I had to
ride everyday. Outside. Even when it's 30 degrees outside. I
think the outside part is very important. I know you may not have
any control over this but being in a car 2.5 hours each way to
work is not good for you. There was a recent article other NY
Times about all the health consequences of a long commute.

You should congratulate yourself on all that you can do despite
having PTSD, like having job. I have a lot a clients who can't
work and have substance abuse issues.

80/10/10 has helped me because I can tend to use food as a
drug, or an be an emotional eater, and 80/10/10 helps keep
those urges under control as well as giving me lots of fuel for my
bike riding.

I'm still not perfect. There was a traffic incident the other night
and I wasn't happy with my response. I forgave myself and
focused on my accomplishments and vowed to handle things
better next time.

I wish you the best of luck.

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