I caught up with doobie here the other day for a coffee and chat, and let me just say it was excellent to meet another from here in person. It was a reflection of my own work in which doobie could see for herself, me in person, walking talking proof that PTSD can be healed for the majority, a fairly normal life can be lived even for the worst cases around, as I was diagnosed one of those cases. For those who have already decided they can't be healed, that life will never get better, you may as well not be here, that is for certain. To heal is to want something more than anything you have ever wanted in your life... doobie has now seen that for herself from a few hour discussion with me personally. It can be done, you just have to really want it and work hard at it. You have to be open and expose your vunerabilities, you have to let yourself be a little more free and expressive, try new things that you have never tried before, and never make judgement until you have really given something your 110% first, then look for alternatives. For those that doubt I a life beyond PTSD exists, this is your wakeup call to tell you it does, and there is another here who has met me recently in person. For those who reside in Melbourne, please don't hesitate to contact me, as I'm sure we can setup a time and place for a coffee and chat over a few hours, get into the real details of what is bothering you at present, and look at a few things to get you into the commonsense, reality approach to healing yourself. There is one way through PTSD, and one way only, head on. If you think it can be dealt with by using caution, care and concern for the majority of the process, you need to adapt your thinking now, because it doesn't work. Show me anyone who has healed to the most level with nothing but care, concern and compassion along the way. That is what therapists try and use, all of which fails. You must be tough on yourself, because nobody else can fix you, only you can fix yourself. This is just one of those food for thought posts, a little motivation if you like, that this can be beaten to the point of a normal life in most circumstances, and even beyond depending on the level of trauma suffered. I look forward to meeting others in person.... a little personal motivation is a good key to help people along with this process. Gaining good friendship during the process is just the best of it all though.