What Are Your Challenges and How Do You Cope? (approx. 2 - 2½ min. read)

I’ve been writing blogs for just over a year-and-a-half and although some of my blogs are similiar, I try to explain what it’s like for me to live with a mental illness. I write about different aspects of what it’s like to live with PTSD and the challenges I am faced with on a daily basis, as well as how I cope with those challenges.

PTSD and its related trials, are really difficult subjects to write about and I often wonder if I’m just writing for myself, or if I’m actually making a difference in someone else’s life. It’s okay if I’m just writing for myself because it definitely helps to get on paper the shit that’s bouncing around inside my head; stinging me like a scorpion every time I move the wrong way. However, it would be good to know if I’m helping to #endthestigma.

Which brings me to the topic of this week’s blog; I want to open things up to you, my audience. What would you like me to write about that I haven’t written about yet? Or, tell me something that’s worked for you that I haven’t covered and you think would be helpful?

I’m very close to finishing my book and I really want to make sure that it’s a guide for people living with PTSD, and not just a memoir of my life. Hearing more about what my readers want and need, will help me to provide a helpful and supportive guide. The more information that I have about other survivors’ experiences, as well as my own, will help my readers to realize they aren’t alone and that there is help available.

So far, I’ve written about the tools I utilize to help me get through each day but I know there is more information out there. I’ve talked to quite a few people with PTSD, and each person has his/her own little trick or bag of tricks that help them survive; if you have some and share those with me, this guide will be helpful for everyone.

Please send me anything you’ve got; you can email me, text me, tweet me - whatever works for you. Tell me whether I’ve crossed all my t’s and dotted all my i’s. I can mention you in my book, or not - it’s entirely up to you - but let’s get as much information out there as we can, by #survivors.

Stay safe and stay strong. Thanks for following.