Friday, February 26, 2010

Flash 55 Friday - PTSD

Hidden among the dark forbidden corners of the mind, lay that one searing memory; the one waiting to torment at the slightest chance of weakness, vulnerability, or insecurity. Not a dream, nor even your worst nightmare; a true déjà vu experience of another time. All senses acutely aware, constantly reliving the exquisite horror of yesterday.


Described from my own experiences, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, effects thousands if not millions of veterans of all wars, and others who experience a traumatic life changing event. This illustration belongs to an article about the use of MDMA for the treatment of PTSD published in an Israel weekly magazine called Yediot Ahronot.


Friday Flash 55 is a fifty-five word story posted every Friday. To join in the fun, create and write any story you like in 55 words; no more, no less. Using this link, tell Mr. Knowitall a.k.a. the G-Man, by leaving a comment on his own Flash 55 post.

Buzzard

26 comments:

Susan said...

I had that experience, but not from being in the war. Great 55! Thanks for visiting mine.

Alicia said...

Powerful and sad. Appreciate you educating your readers on PTSD.

Mona said...

memories come to haunt us...

Anonymous said...

You described 25 years of my life in 55 words, just now.

We should talk.

jinksy said...

Scary! Just right for a make 'em think 55.

Brian Miller said...

very nice...scary place to be, but makes for a wonderful 55....

Monkey Man said...

My heart goes out to you. PSTD is a matter not to be taken lightly. Great 55.

Cop Mama said...

Very eloquent, yet haunting. I hope you have peace now, my friend.

Vodka Logic said...

very cool...unfortunately not always in the past.

Sherry said...

Very descriptive - I was in the military - but not during war time - I can't imagine! I'm sending peace your way!!

Prayer Girl said...

The mind can be a very scary place....especially when something so traumatic lies within a dark forbidden corner of the mind.

"Peace be with you."

BTW, thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I love meeting new people when they comment or become followers. Welcome!

PG

Teri Goode said...

You are my hero...I know how difficult this was to write about. It's just another testament to how brave you are. Great 55!

Peter Stone said...

Good job in describing one of the worst types of suffering, just waiting for the next trigger. (Been there...)

otin said...

That post really did teach me something about PTSD. I never knew that it was a deja vu type experience.
Very chilling.

Buzzard said...

To: Susan, Alicia, Mona, Ti, Jinksy, Brian, Monkey Man, Mama, Vodka, Sherry, Peter, Otin, Prayer Girl, and my darling wife Teri:

Thank you all for the prayers, thoughts of peace, and support.

Buzzard, a.k.a. Ron

Donnetta Lee said...

Very powerful description. Yes, also familiar to me though I've never been in a war of that kind. Glad I popped over here to read. D

SandyCarlson said...

Gripping. The past is always present. Will always be present.

Yvonne said...

A nightmare indeed, to constantly relive the horrors of war. Thanks for drawing attention to a very real problem which is growing daily.

g-man said...

Buzzard...
A powerful and moving 55 My Friend
Thank you so very much for sharing something this personal with us all.
Please join the Funfest again next Friday...Galen

Larry said...

I've known several veterans who have P.T.S.D. How could one not have it after seeing or witnessing their buddys or best of friends blown to pieces or decapitated from war. Any human being would suffer from it, the human mind wasn't created to witness such violence. My heart crys out for them the pain and horror they have seen,felt,lived. I'm posted also just follow the link provided below.


Zephyrs Revenge


Thanks Larry

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Again, CONGRATULATIONS!
Very vivid description.
I can relate that to my bad marriage.

Have a great weekend.

hugs
shakira

Akelamalu said...

That must be so terrifying, reliving horrors. You described it so well in 55 words.

Thanks for visiting mine and taking the time to comment.

hope said...

That vividly portrays a sad and horrible state to be in. Well written!

järnebrand said...

Powerful. So that is PTSD, huh? Scary. Great 55. You take care/ Jo.

Nessa said...

I hate always feeling jumpy.

RnPB: Ch 013 - Clean Up

Anonymous said...

I certainly wasn't in any war but writing helps me allow myself to forget haunting things. Great 55! ;-)